Congress Passes Defense Spending Bill
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13)--a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee--voted in support of the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Act, a bill that supports our warfighters, restores military readiness, and bolsters our Armed Forces. This minibus also included funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The bill now heads to the President for his signature.
“In addition to providing much-needed federal funding to our local communities, this bill provides the largest pay raise in nine years for our troops and increases funding for military readiness,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Our country is in a global competition with China and Russia, and this funding helps us keep our position as a leader on the world stage. It also modernizes our Armed Forces for the future of warfare by properly funding research and development. I am pleased that this bill provides the necessary funding to support the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who work at Camp Ravenna and Youngstown Air Reserve Station on a daily basis.”
Overall, the bill includes a 2.6% increase in pay for our troops; funding above the request for defense related medical research; a boost in base funding for our military by $17.1 billion above FY18 levels; and $145.7 billion for equipment procurement.
Several spending provisions in the bill were inserted at the direction of Congressman Ryan:
- $5 million increase in counter-drone laser weapon research
- $10 million increase for additive manufacturing supply chain development
- $5 million increase for improvement of life cycle maintenance of military aircraft brakes
- $10 million increase for competitively awarded technology transition
- $9 million increase for new military data transmission research and development
In addition to these critical defense priorities, the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services also was provided with essential funds to act in the public good.
- $4.4 billion for programs to respond to the opioid crisis, including prevention, treatment, surveillance, research to develop non-opioid pain medication, behavioral health workforce training, and support for children and families, which is $0.1 billion more than the FY 2018 enacted level
- $1.5 billion for SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response Grants, an increase of $500 million more than the FY 2018 enacted level
- $725 million for the Community Services Block Grant, which is $10 million more than the FY 2018 enacted level
- $1.3 billion for Career and Technical Education, which is $70 million more than the FY 2018 enacted level
- $10 billion for Head Start, which is $200 million more than the FY 2018 enacted level. Of the total increase, $50 million is provided for Early Head Start
- $274 million for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
- $39.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is $2 billion more than the FY 2018 enacted level