Today, Congressman Doug Lamborn delivered a speech on the House Floor in support of H.R. 1301, the 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
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Text of the Floor Speech
Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Rule for H.R. 1301, which will fund our national defense for FY 2017. This bill is a vital first step as we begin to work on rebuilding our military. The best way to look at defense spending over time is as a percentage of US GDP. Since World War II, we've spent an average of five percent of our GDP on defense during peacetime. Despite a world that has gotten more dangerous, the recent defense drawdown cut defense spending from 5% of GDP down to 3%, which in a 19 trillion dollar economy is real money.
Meanwhile, since Vietnam we've spent an average of 21% of the federal budget on defense. Today, we spend well below that—roughly 15% of the overall pie. Things are so bad today—and I don't have time in a two-minute speech to go into the details—that we are actually at risk of losing more American lives than we should in the event of another war. The next step is to pass a robust defense supplemental, and then to fund defense for Fiscal Year 2018 at a minimum level of 640 billion dollars. Anything less will not keep Americans safe, and will not allow us to rebuild our military as we desperately must do.
Congress must deal with sequestration.
Trying to fund defense at BCA levels is like trying to fit a size 10 foot into a size 7 shoe. It simply doesn't work, and it's dangerous for our own security and it's dangerous for the world.
Additional Information (Courtesy of the House Majority Whip)
- The FY17 DOD Appropriations bill provides $516.1 billion in base discretionary funding and $61.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding.
- Total OCO/GWOT funding level for FY17 is $67.6 billion.
- The total defense funding level for FY17 is $583.7 billion, $10.9 billion above the FY16 enacted level, which is fully consistent with the FY17 NDAA.
- $215.3 billion in Operations and Maintenance to support readiness, battle training, flight time, additional depot maintenance, and base operations
- Reverses the drawdown of troops by the Obama Administration and funds the full increased end strength levels authorized by the FY17 NDAA.
- Fully funds the 2.1% pay raise for our service men and women, a 0.5% increase above the Obama Administration's request.
- FY17 DOD bill includes a total of $117.8 billion for equipment procurement.
- $6.8 billion more than requested by the Obama Administration and reveres cuts to programs.
- Funds 13 Navy ships, 74 F-35s, 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, 61 UH-60 Blackhawks, and additional equipment and upgrades to support the warfighter.
- Contains $600.7 million for Israeli Cooperative Programs, $455 million above the Obama Administration's request.
- An additional $43 million for Israeli anti-tunneling efforts.
- Supports counterterrorism and enhances our allies' deterrence against Russian aggression.
- Provides assistance to Afghanistan, Jordan, and counter-ISIL operations.
- $150 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative for training, equipment, and intelligence support.
- $72.7 billion for research, development, and testing of new defense technologies, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Ohio-Class submarine replacement, and the new Air Force bomber.
- $34.1 billion for Defense Health and Military Family Programs to enhance the medical care for our service men and women, their families, and retirees.
- $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research.
- $296 million for sexual assault prevention and response.