Rep. Calvert Votes to Fund Military Pay Raise, Readiness and Modernization
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (359 to 49) of the House of Representatives to approve the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations bill. Rep. Calvert serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for funding our military programs.
“The security of our nation, and the peace of the world, depends on a strong U.S. military,” said Rep. Calvert. “The FY19 Defense funding bill meets the demands of our military to restore our readiness levels, invest in lethality, buy the equipment that will maintain our military superiority, and provide for the health and welfare of our men and women in uniform.”
“We are at a unique time in history that demands U.S. leadership throughout the world. As we know all too well, a power vacuum breeds instability and extremism. A strong U.S. military, with our allies, creates stability. After too many years of a budget driven strategy, this bill reflects the investment needed to maintain and secure U.S. interests around the world. The investment we make here today – about 16% of our entire federal budget - has dividends down the road for many years.”
FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill:
REBUILDING OUR ARMED FORCES
- Boosts base funding for our military by $17.1 billion above FY18 levels to $606.5 billion total, continuing to rebuild our military – consistent with the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act and enacted budget agreement.
- Ensures our military has the resources needed to continue ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations and Global War on Terrorism efforts with a total of $68.1 billion for personnel requirements, operational needs, equipment procurement and upgrades, and support for key allies.
RESTORING MILITARY READINESS
- Increases funding for military readiness programs that ensure our troops are ready for their missions – providing $245.9 billion (an increase of $9.3 billion above base FY18 funding levels) for training, maintenance, and base operations.
- Prepares and modernizes our Armed Forces for the future of warfare by providing $92.4 billion for research and development into new defense systems and technologies.
SUPPORTING OUR WARFIGHTERS
- Boosts troop end strength by providing $144 billion for military personnel and pay – supporting 1,338,100 active-duty troops and 817,700 Guard and Reserve troops.
- Includes the authorized 2.6% pay raise for our troops – the largest pay raise in nine years.
- Cares for our troops, military families, and retirees by including $34.4 billion for the Defense Health Program. Includes funding above the request for cancer research, traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and sexual assault prevention and response.
- Ensures our troops can rely on an efficient, well-run Pentagon by making commonsense decisions to save taxpayer dollars where possible and in areas that will not affect the safety or success of our troops and missions.