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Palazzo Statement on Passage of Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY2015

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Washington, June 20, 2014 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steven Palazzo, (MS-4), today voted in favor of the House version of the FY15 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 4870.  It is the first defense budget to pass either the House or the Senate following a December 2013 agreement to ease the burden of sequestration cuts over the next two years. The bill passed with bipartisan support, 340-73.

“Like the defense authorization bill the House passed just a month ago, this bill places priority on our nation’s security needs, and keeps faith with our troops,” Palazzo stated. “In addition to troop pay increases and other measures included in our authorization bill, I also supported language to prohibit all transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay for one year.

“While I supported the overwhelming majority of this bill, I hope to see more focus placed on shipbuilding assets as the Senate takes up its defense authorizations and appropriations. It is my hope that the defense bills that are ultimately signed into law reflect House authorizer’s commitment to the 12th LPD-17 amphibious warship.”

The House Armed Services Committee bill passed on May 22, 2014, by a bipartisan vote of 325-98. It included key shipbuilding priorities, including authorization for a 12th amphibious LPD ship Palazzo championed and two additional DDG-51 destroyer ships. As a member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Palazzo worked over the past few months to raise awareness of the need for the 12th amphibious ship. The proposal received praise from top Navy and Marine Corps officials and retired Marine Corps generals.

 “The Navy and the Marine Corps have repeatedly demonstrated their desire for this high-value ship, as well as an interest in preserving the shipbuilding industrial base and keeping costs low for taxpayers,” Palazzo stated. “I am pleased that Chairman McKeon and the House Armed Services Committee agree with me that this platform belongs in the FY15 defense bill.”

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