HYDE-SMITH VOTES FOR LARGEST DEFENSE FUNDING INCREASE IN 15 YEARS
Senate Passes FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill with Mississippi-related Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today voted for Senate passage of a bill that gives the Defense Department its largest funding increase in 15 years, a key step in supporting President Trump’s commitment to rebuild America’s military.
The Senate on Thursday approved the FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill, which also funds the largest military pay raise—2.6 percent—in nearly a decade. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hyde-Smith worked to secure funding and support for national defense activities conducted in Mississippi.
“Our servicemen and woman need to know that Congress has their back by making resources available to modernize, train, and equip them so they can continue to protect vital U.S. security interests. This bill does that,” Hyde-Smith said.
“The bill will also continue to support the national defense activities carried out in Mississippi, including research, development, and both ship and aircraft manufacturing. This work supports U.S. military force structure and readiness needs,” she said.
The bill provides additional funding for high-priority U.S. Navy shipbuilding requirements, which will influence shipbuilding in Mississippi. Aerospace manufacturers will also participate in fulfilling military aircraft procurement requirements for UH-72 Lakota Light Utility Helicopters and long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg will utilize funding in the Senate bill for the Army’s high performance computing modernization program and other research initiatives. Research universities in Mississippi will also benefit from the Senate bill’s focus on basic research carried out at U.S. universities to develop “transformational technologies.”
The Senate’s FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill will now be reconciled with a House-passed measure. It passed the Senate as part of a two-bill package (HR.6157) that includes the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. To date, the Senate has passed nine of the 12 annual appropriations bills.
The following are FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill highlights for Mississippi:
Shipbuilding – $2.3 billion in additional funding for high priority shipbuilding and industrial base programs for the U.S. Navy.
Aircraft Procurement – $42.2 billion overall for the procurement of military aircraft, including high priority programs across the services.
Research – $2.8 billion overall for basic, nonmedical research for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Defense.
National Guard Counter-Drug Schools – $30 million for the National Guard Counterdrug Schools. This is a very important initiative for the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy at Naval Air Station Meridian.