Trott Supports 2.1% Pay Raise for American Troops and Defense Funding that Bolsters Our Nation's Military
March 8, 2017
Lawmaker votes to give troops 2.1% pay increase, modernize defense capabilities, and invest in veterans' health care
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after he voted in support of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017 (H.R. 1301), which fully funds the authorized 2.1% pay increase for troops, invests $117.8 billion in equipment upgrades, and provides $34.1 billion for veterans' health care including programs and research focused on traumatic brain injuries and psychological health.
"Our nation's service men and women selflessly put their lives on the line every day to protect ours and they deserve nothing less than our full support. It is Congress' responsibility to ensure they have the training, equipment, and resources they need to safely and effectively do their job. Today, I was proud to support legislation that helps modernize our nation's defense capabilities and bolsters our military readiness, gives our troops the 2.1% pay increase they deserve, and invests in traumatic brain injury and psychological health programs and research, providing our veterans with the quality care they have earned."
- Provides $516.1 billion in base discretionary funding ($2 billion increase from FY16)
- Fully funds the authorized 2.1% troop pay raise
- Provides $117.8 billion for equipment and upgrades
- Allocates $215.3 billion for military readiness programs
- Provides $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health programs and research