WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Phil Roe, M.D., Member of Congress (TN-1) voted to pass Conference Report to H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010. The legislation appropriates $636.3 billion, $3.8 billion less than the President's request but $11 billion (2%) more than the current level, which includes supplemental spending.
The bill includes $128.2 billion specifically to support ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the general military effort against terrorism. The measure does not contain any portion of the President's expected request for additional funds for expanded operations in Afghanistan announced at West Point two weeks ago. The remaining funding funds new combat vehicles, new battle gear for the Army National Guard and reserves, military pay raises, Special Operations forces, and quality of life improvements for the troops and their families.
This bill passed by a vote of 395-34.
“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 provisions in H.R.3326:
- Military Pay Raise: Provides an average 3.4 percent pay increase for military personnel in Fiscal Year 2010.
- Personnel Levels: The bill would result in a decrease of 2,731 in total end strength for the active forces, from 1.412 million to 1.410 million. The bill would increase the end strength for the selected reserve by 844 above the fiscal year 2009 authorized levels, from 843,656 to 844,500.
- Stop Loss: Provides retroactive pay for military service members whose enlistments were involuntarily extended since September 11, 2001. Service members would retroactively receive $500 for each month their enlistment was extended.
The House amendment contains a number of non-defense provisions, including extensions of several provisions of current law that are set to expire:
- Extends through Feb. 28, 2010, certain provisions relating to emergency unemployment insurance benefits, including the extra $25 weekly benefit and 100% federal funding for the Extended Benefits program;
- Extends a 65% premium subsidy for COBRA health insurance, allowing recipients to obtain the subsidized insurance coverage for six additional months, and covering those who involuntarily lose their jobs until Feb. 28, 2010;
- Delays for two months, through Feb. 28, 2010, a scheduled 21.2% reduction in the Medicare payments to physicians;
- Extends through February 28 the authorization for highway, transit and safety programs, which were last extended under the continuing appropriations resolution (PL 111-88);
- Extends through February 28 three expiring anti-terrorism authorities, including the "roving" wiretap and "business records" provisions of the law known as the "Patriot Act" (PL 107-56) and the "lone wolf" provision included in the 2004 intelligence overhaul (PL 108-458);
- Extends laws governing the transmission of local broadcast signals by satellite providers;
- Provides sufficient funding for nutrition assistance and provides $400 million for state administrative expenses; and
- Continues two temporary provisions relating to Small Business Administration loan programs.
- The legislation was originally passed in the House on July 30, 2009, by a vote of 400-30. On October 6, 2009, the Senate passed its version of the bill by a vote of 93-7.