Jul 13 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives approved its $733 billion version of the defense policy bill for the 2020 fiscal year Friday 220-197, with Republican opposition.
Before the vote, Republican Rep. Richard Hudson, whose district includes Fort Bragg, spoke to The Fayetteville Observer about why he would not support passing the National Defense Authorization Act…
Sen. Thom Tillis spoke to The Fayetteville Observer on Wednesday about the Senate’s $750 billion markup of the version that passed 86-8 in favor.
“I’m proud of the work we accomplished (in the act) on behalf of our servicemembers, including addressing military housing issues plaguing bases across the country, taking steps to prevent military sexual assault, and once again giving our men and women and women in uniform a pay raise,” Tillis said.
Tillis said the Senate’s version: would secure more than $2 billion for North Carolina’s military installations; proposes reforms to the military housing program; proposes reforms to how the military responds to sexual assault; proposes a 3.1 percent raise for service members; increases employment opportunities for military spouses; and expands health care for military members and their families.
“We’ve made positive progress, and the chief concerns that we’re having is over the budget caps ... the only thing worse than a sequester (automatic federal budget cuts) is continuing short term resolutions for funding ...,” Tillis said. “We’ve got to work hard to get a spending bill in regular order for the (Department of Defense) the (Department of the Army) and military construction.
The president’s office issued a statement Tuesday stating that if the House’s version of the act were passed in the form it was presented to President Donald Trump, “his advisors would recommend that he veto it.”

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