Rep. Costello Votes to Support Servicemembers
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) this week voted to support H.R. 695, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which passed the House by a vote of 250-166. As North Korea has test-fired missiles, Russia has continued its aggression towards the United States and allies, and cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, providing for our defense is timely and important.
The legislation totals $664 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) funding when combined with funding that was previously enacted, and includes funding for a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops, funding to ensure quality healthcare for servicemembers, their families, and retirees, supports research and development for new technologies, and includes over $100 billion to support active-duty, Guard and Reserve troops.
“Congress has an important role and responsibility in providing funding for our nation’s defense. I was pleased to vote for this legislation to make sure servicemembers have the tools necessary to carry out their work, our defense remains on the cutting edge of technology, and we are providing the proper care for troops and their families.”
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act includes:
- $138.3 billion for 1,324,000 active-duty troops and 822,900 Guard and Reserve troops
- $34 billion for the Defense Health program
- $149 billion for equipment procurement
- Increases funding from FY17 for research and development for new defense technologies