WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd voted with his colleagues in support of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Defense Appropriations Act which funds the necessary resources for our armed forces to keep Americans safe, modernizes training and equipment, and gives our men and women in uniform their biggest pay raise in nine years. Additionally, this bipartisan funding package:

Increases base funding for our military

Provides critical funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations and Global War on Terrorism efforts;

Replenishes our aircraft, tanks, and ships;

Invests in research and development for new defense systems and technologies;

Cares for our troops and their families by funding the Defense Health Program, which includes cancer research, traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and sexual assault prevention and response; and,

Streamlines the bureaucracy at the Pentagon to ensure well-run operations and efficient spending of taxpayer dollars.

The FY19 Defense Appropriations Act also provides wins for programs at military bases located in or near the 23rd District of Texas, including:

Expresses continued support for the Air Education and Training Command’s (AETC) efforts to mitigate flooding impacts on facilities, equipment and operations at Laughlin Air Force Base;

$10 million for military dental research and $125 million for traumatic brain injury research at the Join Center of Excellence for Battlefield Health and Trauma at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio; and,

$175 million for the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, which helps at-risk kids complete high school at schools like the Texas Youth Challenge Academy in Sheffield, Texas.

“Last year, we lost nearly four times as many service members in accidents and training incidents as we lost in combat. The brave men and women of our military are our country’s most valuable assets, and it is imperative that they have the equipment and training needed to defend our nation on the front lines against 21st Century global threats,” said U.S. Representative Will Hurd, who served shoulder to shoulder with our men and women in uniform during his decade of service in the CIA.
“Texas is the proud home of 15 military installations, and more than 160,000 active duty and reserve military members. By providing a well-deserved pay raise, investing in updated equipment and training, and rebuilding our military capabilities, this bipartisan defense funding package keeps promises we made to our men and women in uniform and makes sure they are prepared for any challenges that come their way.”