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Ferguson votes to give troops a raise

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  • Jul. 15, 2017 - 6:32 AM

Ferguson votes to give troops a raise

courtesy of the u.s. house of representatives

Rep. Drew Ferguson

Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., voted Friday to give members of the military a pay raise and boost defense spending.

The defense authorization bill that passed the House 344-81 authorizes defense spending for the next fiscal year including $631.5 billion for base discretionary requirements and an additional $64.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.

“This legislation is an important step to ensure our nation’s military readiness,” said Ferguson. “Faced with ever-evolving global threats, we must ensure that our warfighters have the resources they need to protect and defend our nation. As a member of Congress, my most important duty is to provide for our national security, and I am proud to support this legislation that rebuilds and reinvests in our military.”

Highlights of the legislation:

  • Provide additional funding for Abrams tanks and Bradleys used at the Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence.

  • Fund a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops

  • Increase funding for facility restoration and modernization.

  • Provide the resources necessary to combat terrorism and defeat ISIS.

  • Support Israel with funding for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow.

“As home to Fort Benning, West Georgia plays a pivotal role in our national security infrastructure,” said Ferguson. “These critical investments will strengthen our community and support the brave men and women fighting to preserve our freedoms.”