In a continued fight to keep our military strong at home and around the globe, Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, voted on May 17, 2012, to pass the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill and on May 16, 2012, to pass the Fiscal Year 2013 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MILCON) Appropriations Bill.
As the Appropriations Committee prioritizes the nation’s fiscal needs, nothing is more important than keeping our military strong,” said Crenshaw. “Passage of the Defense and MILCON bills demonstrates Committee commitment national security and blocks the short-sighted budget decisions of the Obama Administration that threatened to turn back a decade’s worth of work rebuilding our military in Northeast Florida and around the globe.
With its support for a strategic dispersal of aircraft carriers on the East Coast, retaining 3 Aegis cruisers (CG) that were slated for decommissioning, fully funding the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and added funds for an additional guided missile destroyer (DDG), the Committee further strengthens Mayport’s national security in the Defense Appropriations Bill. The same is true for Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) with 13 new P-8A Poseidons and the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned system.
Equally important, the MILCON bill provides our troops, veterans and military families with the programs they have earned through their service to a grateful nation.
With full Appropriations Committee approval, both bills now move to the full House for consideration in the coming month.