Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Rep. Bishop Statement on the Passage of the Defense Appropriations bill for FY12

Jul 8, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, H.R. 2219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 336 to 87.  Rep. Bishop voted in favor of the bill and released the following statement.

“I supported the Defense Appropriations Act for FY12 to ensure that our brave men and women in uniform have the equipment and medical care necessary to successfully defend our country.  This bi-partisan bill continues our long-standing commitment to our troops and their families by including a pay raise for the troops, strengthening health care services for service members and their families, and providing $2.3 billion for family support and advocacy programs.”

“It also provides $3.2 billion for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, $2.8 billion for combating IED’s in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a total of $453 million for the modernization of M-1 Abrams tanks, which will protect our troops.”

“Also, the bill provides proper medical care for the members of our National Guard and Reserve, including an additional $1.5 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment; $633 million for military medical research, including $223 million for cancer research and $125 million for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury research (PH/TBI).”

“Our job was to create a bill which provided our servicemen and women all the resources and tools they need to do their job, as effectively and efficiently as possible.  By passing this bill today, we have done just that and I am proud to support this measure.”

The summary of the bill is available here.