WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) voted to pass H.R. 3326—Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. H.R. 3326 contains $508 billion in funding for the Department of Defense (DoD).
H.R. 3326 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 400-30.
“This legislation makes critical investments in the health, well-being and readiness of our troops, their families and the Department of Defense,” said Roe. “The 2010 Defense Appropriations bill continues to put troops first by providing them with the best equipment, and ensuring that they and their families are well taken care of.”
The following is a summary of the spending highlights and other provisions in H.R.3326:
Military Pay Raise: Provides an average 3.4 percent pay increase for military personnel in Fiscal Year 2010.
Stop Loss: Provides $8 million to retroactively pay military service members whose enlistments were involuntarily extended since September 11, 2001. Servicemembers would retroactively receive $500 for each month their enlistment was extended. The FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriation (H.R. 2346) included $734 million for the same purpose.
Environmental Impact: Requires that $12 million for the mitigation of environmental impacts, including training and technical assistance, gathering of information, and documenting of environmental damage.
Guantanamo Bay Detainees: States that none of the funds in the bill may be used to release a Guantanamo Bay detainee in the U.S. The bill also states that none of the funds may be used to transfer a Guantanamo Bay detainee into the U.S.
Provides $104.8 billion for military equipment procurement.
Provides $80.2 billion for the DoD's research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDTE) efforts.
Provides $128 billion in contingency funds for overseas deployment and ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Overseas contingency funding would provide additional amounts for the same accounts as the base bill, including military personnel, operations and maintenance, procurement and research, with all the funding going directly to overseas operations. Overseas contingency funds would also provide $7.4 billion for the Afghan Security Forces Fund.