WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today backed House passage of H.R. 695, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018.
"Passing this national security funding bill sends a strong signal that we are still dedicated to the safety and security of all Americans. This is the third time I have voted to pass a defense appropriations bill that would allow a full year of consistent funding for military," Rep. Wittman said. "The world is an increasingly dangerous place and, having assessed those threats, we must now provide the funding necessary to ensure we can defeat our adversaries and keep America safe. Each time we pass a continuing resolution, we are further putting our nation’s defenders at risk. This defense funding will go a long way towards rebuilding our military readiness and our Navy's Fleet. It will also go to providing a full pay raise that our troops deserve, supporting the men and women in uniform who are tasked with meeting our national security challenges. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to put aside partisan politics and do the same.”
H.R. 695 proves $659.2 billion in full –year, FY18 funding for the Department of Defense. This is virtually the same as the appropriations bills passed in July and September of last year. It fully funds a much-needed pay raise for our men and women in uniform along with boosted funding for operations and maintenance – allowing our military to have the materials necessary to complete their missions.
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.