House Republicans are focused on the American people’s priorities, including keeping America safe and free. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, joined this morning’s House Republican Leadership press conference to share updates on the Department of Defense appropriations bill the House will vote on this week. Chair Granger represents the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, and highlighted how our bill will help restore readiness and rebuild our military.
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“You were talking about military power and that is what this is all about in the defense bill. In the last defense bill we began the process of rebuilding our military, we did that by meeting the Joint Chiefs with the Secretary of Defense and saying, ‘what do we need to do to rebuild this?’ We did that in the last bill. We continue to build on that in this bill, readiness being the most important thing so the equipment that you’ll see in this bill came directly from the Secretary of Defense who said this is what we need, this is the amount we need, this is the date we need them and we have that there.
“The support for the troops is also extremely important. We have a 2.6 percent raise for them. It is a small amount. It is a pat on the back to say you are doing a great job and that is what is so important. As we do this, we listen to those military leaders and said ‘what do we need to do?’ We took this first step. This is a multi-step process to rebuild our military but I know that we can do it. We had 6,600 requests from members about what they saw in their districts and overall what the needs were and we tried to meet those needs in every way possible. They are very aware of what is necessary and the votes are there. We expect to have a good strong support in this looking at job bases as well as military strength and I am proud of the bill and I think those who voted for it will be proud of it too.”