U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017.
The legislation provides funding for critical security programs, military operations and readiness.
Specifically, the bill provides $517.1 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, $58.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations and the Global War on Terror and $219 billion for other defense operations and maintenance.
“No matter what year it is, a well-equipped and well-trained military should always be an American priority,” said Cole. “Despite our country’s economic challenges, I am pleased that lawmakers prioritized funding for those who volunteered to protect all citizens and preserve freedom. With mounting threats abroad, it has perhaps never been more urgent to strengthen our force and maintain readiness to confront enemies wherever they might arise. I am encouraged that the funding measure rightly ensures America’s military remains the most capable, prepared and exceptional force in the world.”