Yesterday, the House approved H.R. 2740, legislation that included Congressman Visclosky’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Defense Appropriation Act, by a vote of 226 to 203.
Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “This bill makes several efforts to focus on the well-being and morale of those in uniform, their families, DoD civilians, and defense communities.  For example, in addition to a 3.1 percent pay raise for our women and men in uniform, the bill also provides increased funds for military childcare facilities because I believe that access to affordable and quality childcare is vital to retention in our all-volunteer force, particularly for mid-career enlisted personnel and officers.  I look forward to continuing to work with all Members of Congress to complete our work prior to the start of the new Fiscal Year.”
As Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Visclosky was responsible for drafting the FY 2020 Defense Appropriations Act.  In general, the measure includes $690.2 billion for the Department of Defense, which is $15.8 billion more than the FY 2019 enacted level, and aims to provide investments needed to defend the nation against evolving threats, prepare for future challenges, and meet the needs of service members and military families.