WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions(R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a critical measure to provide funding for our nation's military:
"Last December I had the privilege of visiting four different military bases in the Southern Pacific during the Christmas season. In addition to thanking our men and women in uniform for their service I had the opportunity to hear about the challenges they face every day, the immense sacrifices they have made, and the many reasons why they fight on behalf of our great nation. Every single service member that I spoke with had an overwhelming sense of pride in their duty and an unwavering commitment to protecting our interests both at home and abroad. During my visit I vowed that I would support them and fight for them just as they fight for us each and every day. This afternoon I upheld my end of the bargain.
"Today the House overwhelmingly passed a critical measure to fund our men and women on the front lines and ensure they have the necessary tools and equipment to do their jobs. In addition to providing more than $2 billion above current funding levels, this bill also fully funds a much deserved pay raise for all service members. I proudly voted for this bill to give our armed forces the resources they need to protect everything that our nation stands for. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly so we can send this necessary measure to the President's desk and provide our military with the resources that they need. "
To learn more about H.R. 1301, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017, click here.
Caroline Boothe, Communications Director