Ruppersberger: Defense Spending Bill includes $209 million for Maryland
(Washington, DC) – Today, Defense Appropriator Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger supported a bipartisan $690 billion Fiscal Year 2020 Defense funding bill that includes $209 million for Maryland – $192.5 million of which will support military activities in the Second District alone. The bill, which now goes to consideration by the full House of Representatives, provides a 3.1 percent pay raise for our troops, supports force readiness and improves quality-of-life programs for military families.
The funding totals are $15.8 billion over 2019 levels and include investments to upgrade military childcare facilities and strengthen sexual assault prevention programs. It also protects against misappropriations of Defense funds for the President’s wasteful border wall.
“For years, we have asked our troops and military leaders to continue defending our nation with insufficient resources. Our advantages over our enemies are eroding,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “This bill makes the necessary investments our country needs to defend against increasingly dangerous threats and meet the needs of our troops and their families. It also supports many job-generating defense-related projects here in Maryland, protecting our national security and our national economy.”
Congressman Ruppersberger, whose district is home to not only Aberdeen Proving Ground, but Fort Meade, two National Guard facilities and dozens of private-sector defense partners, leveraged his role on the Appropriation’s Defense subcommittee to secure $209 million for Maryland military projects and the tens of thousands of jobs that they support. Most of this funding will support research and development conducted in Maryland to make American troops the safest and most effective on the battlefield.
Much of the federal government’s medical research funds are funneled through the Defense spending bill because of its impact on wounded warriors and veterans. Congressman Ruppersberger fought for, and helped secure, $396 million for life-saving medical research, including for spinal and extremity injuries, Alzheimer’s, pancreatic, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers. He helped double research funding for ALS.
The committee also adopted Congressman Ruppersberger’s amendment modeled off Congressman Ro Khanna’s Yemen War Powers Resolution that ends U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. That amendment passed Congress last month with bipartisan support but was vetoed by President Trump. The adopted amendment does not prevent operations against al Qaeda, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or ISIS.