The U.S. House has approved H.R. 2740-- which includes U.S Rep. Visclosky’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Defense Appropriation Act--by a vote of 226 to 203.
“This bill makes several efforts to focus on the well-being and morale of those in uniform, their families, DoD civilians, and defense communities,” Visclosky said in a statement released on Wednesday. “For example, in addition to a 3.1 percent pay raise for our women and men in uniform, the bill also provides increased funds for military childcare facilities because I believe that access to affordable and quality childcare is vital to retention in our all-volunteer force, particularly for mid-career enlisted personnel and officers. I look forward to continuing to work with all members of Congress to complete our work prior to the start of the new Fiscal Year.”
As chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Visclosky was responsible for drafting the FY 2020 Defense Appropriations Act. In general, the measure includes $690.2 billion for the Department of Defense, which is $15.8 billion more than the FY 2019 enacted level, and aims to provide investments needed to defend the nation against evolving threats, prepare for future challenges, and meet the needs of service members and military families.
Among the act’s provisions:
- A 3.1 percent pay raise for our women and men in uniform, the largest increase in basic pay since 2010.
- An additional $70.7 million for upgrades to military childcare facilities.
- $297.2 million for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs at the Service level, $13.5 million above the FY19 enacted level and equal to the request, and an additional $35 million for Special Victims Counsel for victims of sexual assault and $3 million for a Sexual Trauma Treatment Pilot Program for treatment of members of the Armed Forces for PTSD Related to Military Sexual Trauma.
- $1.26 billion for environmental restoration activities, which is $188 million above the request. This includes $13 million for a nationwide health study on the implications of PFOS/PFOA at former and current domestic military installations.
- $142 billion for the procurement of ground vehicles, aircraft, ships, munitions, and other equipment; strengthened Buy America requirements; and $101.5 billion for basic and applied scientific research, development, and the testing of new technologies and equipment.
- Finally, $1.3 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account, which was not included in the Administration’s budget request.