Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today (3/21) voted to protect national security and fund government operations through the end of the fiscal year by supporting the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 933).
H.R. 933 provides full-year detailed funding for the Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill as well as the Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice and Science, and Agriculture appropriations bills. The bill passed by a vote of 318 -- 109 and moves to the President's desk for his signature.
"Government doors are open for the rest of the fiscal year, and there's no doubt that Congress faces tough decisions on the road ahead. However, nothing is more important than making sure our military has what it needs to protect national security at home and around the globe," said Crenshaw.
"That's why I stand so strongly behind this full-year defense bill. It keeps projects on track, rather than funding them in piecemeal through a continuing resolution. Closer to home on the First Coast, that means critical Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville initiatives will move forward uninterrupted."
Specifically, passage of Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 means:
* Full funding to retain and modernize seven cruisers previously scheduled to be decommissioned by the Navy, including three homeported at Naval Station Mayport,
* Funding to continue the transition of P-8A squadrons at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and eventual homeporting of the Littoral Combat Ships at Naval Station Mayport,
* Funding for ship repair availabilities at Naval Station Mayport (USS Farragut) that would have been cancelled under a continuing resolution,
* Funding for the construction of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Program (BAMS) Mission Control Complex at Naval Air Station Jacksonville; and
* Restoration of previously reduced funding for the Advanced Hawkeye aircraft being built in St. Augustine, FL.