Rutherford Announces Key Funding for Northeast Florida Included in Defense Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL), member of the House Appropriations Committee, announces the successful inclusion of key funding for Northeast Florida in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) Defense Appropriations bill, which was passed today by the full committee. The bill funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness activities, equipment modernization, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families. It also provides funds for several of Congressman Rutherford’s initiatives that are of particular interest to Northeast Florida.
Upon the bill’s passage, Congressman Rutherford released the following statement:
“This critical legislation furthers my commitment to Northeast Floridians to make America stronger and safer,” said Rutherford. “With the ever-present threats to our nation’s security, it is vital that we support the Department of Defense and our men and women in uniform with the funding and resources they need to fulfill their missions. This bill fully funds the largest pay raise for our servicemembers in almost a decade, as we owe them and their families our strong support given the sacrifices they make every day to defend us and our allies around the world.”
“I am especially proud that this bill includes critical funding for Northeast Florida's military installations and service members. Of importance to NS Mayport, this bill adds onto the support for the Littoral Combat Ship program, funding three more ships. This is in addition to the training and support facilities that were funded in the Military Construction Appropriations bill which passed the House last week. Not only are the programs funded in this legislation in our national interest, they will bring economic opportunity and jobs to Northeast Florida for years to come.”
The FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill provides a total of $674.6 billion for the Department of Defense including key programs that are vital to both Northeast Florida and our entire military. This includes $606.5 billion in base discretionary funding – an increase of $17.1 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and $0.9 billion below the President’s Defense budget request.
The bill includes several of Congressman Rutherford’s priority provisions, including 3 Littoral Combat Ships, 6 E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, 10 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, 4 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle and funding for Light Attack procurement, which is key for the potential procurement of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft which are manufactured in Jacksonville.
The legislation includes $144 billion to provide for 1,338,100 active-duty troops and 817,700 Guard and Reserve troops. The bill fully funds the increased troop count to 15,600 and the 2.6 percent pay raise for the military. The bill now advances to the full House for future consideration.