The bipartisan bill provides a 1.6 percent increase in troop pay, robust funding to protect America’s war fighters from IEDs and other threats, and provides soldiers with the tools they need to accomplish their mission abroad and return home as soon as possible.
Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY) was successful in fighting to make available funding for several programs critical to
“As we move closer to winding down operations in
Owens offered four amendments that were included in the final version of the legislation:
· Army Construction and Land Acquisition ($10,000,000): to provide additional funding for military construction within the Army for utilities and ground improvements.
· Cooperative Health Care Agreements ($500,000): to provide the Department of Defense to enter into cooperative health care agreements between local or regional health care systems and military installations with no inpatient medical facilities. This authority was granted to the Secretary of Defense in the 2010 National Defense Authorization.
· Sniper Rifle Modification ($2,506,000): to provide additional funding to the Army for modification of weapons and other combat vehicles that promote national security objectives.
· Cyber Workforce Development ($4,000,000): to provide additional funding to the Air Force to conduct research and education programs that support cyber workforce development to further national security efforts.
“These amendments will also allow local leaders to compete in an open process to both contribute to and benefit from a robust investment in national security,” Owens said.
Owens worked with Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) on the amendments to support Sniper Rifle Modification and Cyber Workforce Development. Collaboration on these amendments is the latest in a series of efforts by Hanna and Owens to focus on progress for their districts and the country rather than partisanship. Hanna represents
In addition, Owens worked with representatives from Otis Technology in
H.R. 1540 builds upon previous funding levels that restore troop readiness and bolster counter-terrorism efforts, and includes more than $33 million in military construction funding at
The bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 322-96.