Congressman Thornberry Pushing Hard for Defense Spending Bill


13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry is hoping lawmakers give the green-light to the defense appropriations bill, which just passed the house. Some lawmakers say the measure will fund critical national security needs.

That includes military operations and readiness programs, as well as health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.

Ashley Wheeler checked out just how the bill could shape the future of Sheppard Air Force Base.

Congressman Thornberry, who is also the chair of the house armed services committee, says the spending bill will fulfill the first responsibility of the federal government, which is to defend the country and it could also have positive ramifications for Sheppard Air Force Base.

"Remember, Mr. Speaker, the first job of the federal government is to defend the country," Congressman Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

When the house approved the final $584 billion defense spending bill for this fiscal year on Wednesday 13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry says it sent an important message to the men and women of the military as well as to allies and potential adversaries around the world.

"It's important that we pass this bill now. Department of Defense is currently operating under continuing resolution which means you got to spend the same money that you spent last year. And you have to spend it on the same things even if you don't need to spend money on something this year that you spent last year... You have to, so it's wasteful."

He also said the bill is a vital solution to moving forward and correcting the situation.

"It's important also to remember this bill is just a first step in building and repairing the military. I'm afraid all of us have underestimated the deep damage that has been done."

The defense spending measure appropriates funding for national security facilities and programs such as training missions at Sheppard. Something Wichita Falls leaders say is critical to the local economy.

"Sheppard Air Force Base is our largest employer. It generates the largest economic impact of any single entity organization in the entire community," Henry Florsheim.

"Anything that adversely effects the base or cuts spending or limits the number of people working there... It's bad for other business because those people all eat in  restaurants, and shop in our stores and buy gasoline."

And that's one of the many reasons why Sheppard is the backbone of the Wichita Falls community and has been for  75 years. Now that bill has passed the house.... it will  go to the senate for approval.

The bill also fully funds the 2.1 percent pay raise for service members authorized in Congressman Thornberry's defense authorization act-- that passed in December.

 


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