Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017, legislation that closely reflects the previous year’s efforts to fund domestic and overseas military defense operations. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation – which passed today 371 to 48 – provides a total of $516.1 billion in Department of Defense discretionary funding and $61.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and Global War on Terror funding.
“Of all my responsibilities in Congress, one that I take great pride in is supporting our men and women in uniform and providing for the common defense of our nation,” said Congressman Don Young. “Today’s actions – the overwhelming passage of FY17 DOD Appropriations – is an important step to fulfilling our responsibilities and ensuring our military has the resources to address our national security concerns, fund military operations and readiness programs, and support well-deserved pay raises for our troops.
“Importantly, this bill contains numerous Alaska focused provisions secured by our united congressional delegation. It boosts force structure across all our services – helping restore troop levels and preventing cuts facing JBER’s 4-25 BCT,” Young said. “It provides funding for F-35 procurement, the next generation of fighters to be stationed at Eielson AFB. It includes $150 million for the procurement of a heavy icebreaker, a critical asset that we need to protect our interests in the Arctic. It includes funds for the continued development of Missile Defense Agency’s Long Range Discrimination Radar, to be based at Clear AFS. And it includes $10 million for State Sponsored Spaceports, which includes Pacific Spaceport Alaska and its Kodiak Launch Complex. This was a good bill—both for Alaska and our nation—and I was proud to support it.”
On September 28, 2016, Congress approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) appropriations package, which funded nearly all federal agencies through December 9, 2016. Importantly, the legislation included full Fiscal Year 2017 funding for Department of Defense military construction – more than a half billion dollars for Alaska-based projects – and the Department of Veterans Affairs. On December 9, 2016, Congress approved a temporary spending bill (H.R. 2028) to prevent a government shutdown and extend funding for remaining federal agencies, programs and services until April 28, 2017.
Today’s legislation, which is expected to pass the Senate in the coming weeks, funds Department of Defense operations and programs until September 30, 2017 – the end of the FY17 fiscal year. H.R. 1301 is a critical component to ensure key readiness and operational programs are in place to protect the safety and security of the United States. Importantly, this action alleviates pressures of operating under a Continuing Resolution, which restrict the Department of Defense’s ability to enter into new contracts, increase force structure, and sufficiently respond to global threats.
As the April 28, 2017 deadline approaches – set forth in H.R. 2029 – Congress will continue to consider additional mechanisms to fund government agencies and services into the future.
For a list of DOD Appropriations requested and supported by Congressman Young, click here.
For more information about the Department of Defense appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017, click here.