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House Passes Defense Authorization Bill With Ruppersberger-backed Amendments

Jul 12, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Defense Appropriator, today voted in favor of legislation authorizing $733 billion in defense-related activities, including a 3.1 percent pay raise for troops, improving military housing and programs supporting military families.

The National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House of Representatives 220-197, authorizes spending by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, as well as Overseas Contingency Operations.  It requires DOD to take steps to address climate change – a major threat to our national security – and counter Russian election interference.

Congressman Ruppersberger’s district is home to both Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as several National Guard facilities. In addition to serving on the Defense Appropriations Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger co-chairs the bipartisan House Army Caucus and is Vice Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, on which he has served for the last 10 years.

The bill included several critical amendments supported and offered by Congressman Ruppersberger including:

  • A bipartisan measure to prevent military action in Iran without congressional authorization.
  • A measure allowing military recycling centers to accept recyclable goods from local communities and increasing the amount of money earned by military recycling centers that can roll over into the next fiscal year. The goal is to maximize revenue that is used to fund troop welfare and morale programs.
  • A measure establishing a Cable Security Fleet of U.S.-flagged cable vessels in order to provide installation, maintenance, and repair of submarine cables and related equipment. The goal is to protect critical undersea infrastructure from attacks that could have dire consequences on both national security and our economy.
  • Preventing any funding from being used to construct a border wall or separate children from their families.