Alexander: $716 Billion Defense Bill Provides More Military Support, Including Pay Raises at Ft. Campbell

Posted on June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the defense bill passed by the Senate today establishes the nation’s military spending priorities, which include pay raises for troops at Ft. Campbell and support for important Department of Energy national security programs at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

“Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces,” Alexander said. “This defense bill authorizes pay raises for troops at Ft. Campbell and makes important investments in research and development of new technology so our military can deal with new and emerging threats. This bill also authorizes funding for advanced equipment to help ensure the men and women of the armed forces have the tools they need protect American interests at home and abroad.”

Alexander continued: “This legislation also strengthens our national security by supporting important programs at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge to help modernize and maintain our nuclear weapons arsenal.”

The defense bill authorizes $716 billion for funding for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, which includes the following priorities:

  • A 2.6 percent pay increase for members of the military, including troops at Ft. Campbell.
  • $21.6 billion for Department of Energy national security programs, which support critical work in Oak Ridge.
  • Modernizing our nation’s nuclear stockpile, including a replacement strategic missile submarine, defense-related environmental cleanup, and nuclear energy programs at the Department of Energy.
  • Provides $600 million above the administration’s request for science, technology and research programs, including $150 million for hypersonics programs, like ones carried out at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma.
  • Supports U.S. military forces stationed in Europe to counter Russian aggression.
  • A prohibition on transferring detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
  • Proposes funding for advanced equipment to help ensure the men and women of the armed forces have the tools they need protect American interests abroad and work with our allies to defeat ISIL, al Qaeda, and other violent extremist organizations.
  • The bill seeks to reform and modernize the military health system to improve access to care, expand choices of health plans and modernize TRICARE, the Department of Defense health program for military service members, retirees and their dependents.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act on May 24, 2018 by a vote of 351-66. The House and Senate will now work to produce a conference report to send to the president’s desk so it can be signed into law.

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