Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted to keep our nation safe and support our nation’s service members by voting in favor of the Defense Appropriations Act. The bill, which passed the House 400 to 30, includes $7.75 million for New Hampshire projects.
“We must provide our troops with the necessary equipment they need to stay safe and to properly defend our country,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This bill makes key investments in our nation’s military readiness and also helps ensure that our troops are well cared for when they return home.”
Congresswoman Shea-Porter, along with Congressman Paul Hodes, secured $2.25 million for the Joint Command Vehicle for the NH National Guard, $3 million for a full cycle deployment support pilot program, and $2.5 million for a multi-climate protection system.
The Defense Appropriations Act will provide our troops with a 3.4 % pay raise, first rate equipment, and access to quality medical care. The bill also works to end the practice of “stop loss,” which is the involuntary extension of service members’ active duty service.
Some key highlights on how the Defense Appropriations Act will support our troops are below.
- Military Pay Raise: Provides a 3.4 percent military pay raise
- Readiness Training: Provides $11 billion for critical readiness training so that our troops are prepared to successfully perform their missions.
- First-Class Medical Care: Provides $29.9 billion to provide our troops top-of-the-line medical care. This includes $500 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health. It also includes $2.2 billion for the wounded, ill and injured (WII) programs.
- Supporting Military Families:Provides $472 million for Family Advocacy programs and fully funds Family Support and Yellow Ribbon programs. In addition, the bill includes $20 million for Army National Guard Family Assistance Centers and reintegration.