Alexander: Senate Democrats Block Largest Pay Raise for Military Since 2010

Posted on October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2019 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the passage of four important funding bills:

“Make no mistake, the Democrats for their own political reasons are blocking funding for the largest pay increase for our military in 10 years, record funding for our 17 national laboratories and the fifth consecutive year of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health research to develop lifesaving treatments,” Alexander said. “Democrats are also plunging these departments into uncertainty that almost everyone agrees wastes taxpayer money.”

Today, Senate Democrats blocked the Senate from considering four appropriations bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies; Defense; State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs; and Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020. Alexander is Chairman of Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.