Palazzo Remarks on Defense Appropriations Bill
Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) gave the following remarks on the House floor today in support of the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations bill:
“I have long said that the number one Constitutional responsibility of this body is the common defense of this nation, and today the appropriations committee under the leadership of Chairman Frelinghuysen has once again shown the importance that we place on this most sacred duty.
After years of weak budget requests from our prior administration, this bill contains over $5.2 billion over the 2016 level and more than a billion and a half dollars more than the Obama administration’s request.
Included in that appropriations bill is the funding of 10 new ships for our Navy including an LPD essential to our Marine Corps mission, as well as three Destroyers, two Virginia class submarines, three LCS’s and a LHA. Funding these ships steadily is not only a key to keeping our military strong, but also keeps our industrial base healthy and keeps these ships affordable in the long run.
This appropriations bill takes the first steps towards rebuilding our military and showing our allies they can trust us, and showing our enemies they should fear us. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for his work on this fine bill and encourage all my colleagues to support this important legislation.”
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017passed in the House by vote of 371-48. This legislation includes an increase of approximately $2 billion dollars in support of our military and their mission readiness efforts. The bill also continues to provide strong support for our Navy’s Shipbuilding efforts, specifically allocating $1.8 billion toward the procurement of an LPD amphibious warship and $3.6 billion toward the production of DDG-51 destroyers, including one that will be constructed at Ingalls in Pascagoula.
Click here to view the video of Congressman Palazzo speaking on the House floor.