U.S. Rep. McSally Secures Southern Arizona Wins in Bipartisan Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today voted in support of H.R. 244, the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the Federal government for the current fiscal year.
“This bill fully funds Southern Arizona’s critical defense missions—including the A-10, the EC-130H, and important missions at Fort Huachuca. I also successfully fought to include $20 million in this bill towards re-winging the entire A-10 fleet. In addition, this measure includes funding for critical munitions produced by Raytheon in my district. It provides an increase of $290 million for co-production of U.S.-Israeli missile systems like Iron Dome and David’s Sling and supports the Tomahawk missiles used against Syria,” said Rep. McSally. “Not only does this bill strengthen our local military assets, it increases defense funding by $25.7 million. It also provides important funding to secure our border, combat the opioid crisis, and address the outstanding maintenance log for Arizona’s National Parks. No bill is perfect, but this bill includes important priorities that I have championed that impact our troops and our community and I am proud to vote for it.”
H.R. 244 fully funds the largest pay raise for the troops in six years and ensures the Armed Forces have the training and equipment they need to fight ISIS and other terror threats. The measure includes $1.5 billion—the largest increase to border security in more than a decade, which would fund infrastructure, innovative technology, and more Border Patrol agents.
Additionally, the spending bill provides an increase of $781 million for the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic. Pima County has the tenth highest rate of opioid overdoses in the country. This bill funds implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which Rep. McSally voted for last Congress to enhance treatment and prevention tools for local communities.
The measure also increases funding for the National Parks Service by $81 million. Arizona has one of the largest backlogs in delayed or deferred restoration projects throughout our state. H.R. 244 specifically includes funding to address these maintenance backlogs.
The bill passed the House with a vote of 309-118.