Rep. Smith Supports Funds for Troops, Military Families and Veterans
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted to provide critical funding for our national security with his support for H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The bill passed 371-48.
The 21st Congressional District is home to Joint Base San Antonio-Ft. Sam Houston and over 60,000 active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families. Congressman Smith gave the following statement on the bill.
Rep. Smith: “Our region supports major advances in military technology and this bill funds research and development that not only allows our country to maintain our technological advantage but also supports health research in areas including brain injuries and mental health.
“To better support our soldiers, a 2.1 percent pay raise is included, along with full medical benefits for troops, military families and retirees. The legislation provides funding for a strong, robust active and reserve force. It will also ensure that the training and equipment they need to carry out their missions are available. I will continue to work for the servicemen and women who sacrifice so that all Americans can be free.”