Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 1301), which funds the Department of Defense and includes a 2.1 percent pay raise for the troops.
“Our troops and their families have endured more than a decade and a half of war, including ongoing efforts to defeat the Islamic State,” said Rep. Graves. “Simply put, they deserve a pay raise. I hope it helps provide financial security for the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
H.R. 1301 also includes Rep. Graves’ provision to speed the replacement of a critical radar system and aircraft, known as the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS). The technology, which is stationed at Robins Air Force Base, significantly enhances the ability of our warplanes and other military assets to target enemy combatants and help protect our soldiers on the ground by detecting threats and allowing for better coordinated, more effective support.
In addition, the bill increases crucial funding for cyber defense, including for the activities at Fort Gordon, which hosts the Army Cyber Center of Excellence. These resources will help address the growing threat of cyberattacks.
Among other wins for Georgia, the legislation prohibits the retirement of the A-10C Warthog fleet, a significant portion of which are stationed at Moody Air Force Base. These aircraft are frequently utilized in the fight against the Islamic State, and their mission at Moody contributes to the base’s importance. The bill also supports the acquisition of a new class of ballistic missile submarines to replace the Ohio-class submarines stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.
“With more than 100,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in Georgia, I’m proud to support our men and women in uniform by voting for this legislation,” said Rep. Graves.
“President Trump has hit the ground running and is keeping his promises to the American people. He has put the needs of Americans first and the results he’s already achieved have brought forward a renewed spirit of optimism in our country. It’s been encouraging to see President Trump start to get our government moving at more of a business-pace, rather than the usual Washington pace.
“Look at the results. The economy today is on the precipice of a turnaround. The bond market is pricing in potential growth, consumer confidence is showing early signs of moving up, and even corporate leaders are beginning to talk about investing again after a decade of uncertainty and low growth.
“Tonight, we heard President Trump outline his optimistic vision for America—one with more job opportunities, education choices, and economic mobility for everyone. This is what our country needs to become competitive again, and I am committed to helping him achieve these results for Georgians and the American people.”
Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.
Washington, D.C. –Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA-06) was confirmed by the Senate as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
“As Health and Human Services Secretary, I know Dr. Price will do a great job unwinding Obamacare’s mandates and taxes and implementing the healthcare reforms Congress passes, which will increase choice, drive down premiums and put patients first. It’s been an honor serving with Dr. Price in Congress, and I look forward to working with him in his new position, as we fight to rescue Georgians and all Americans from the disaster that is Obamacare.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement today after President Trump signed an executive order to halt the “fiduciary rule:”
“I applaud President Trump for preserving access to affordable financial advice for middle-class families. Saving for retirement, college and family emergencies is already challenging for most families, and the Obama administration’s ‘fiduciary rule’ would’ve made it harder. It created more paperwork and red tape for financial planners, which would’ve raised costs and limited access to sound financial advice, especially for those living in rural areas.”
In the First 100 Day's for President Trump what do you consider to be the Number One priority for him to accomplish with both the House and the Senate in Republican control?
- Immigration Reform including Border Security (50%, 2 Votes)
- Veteran Affairs Health Care Solution for Past & Present (25%, 1 Votes)
- Strengthen Foreign Policy including Military Investment (25%, 1 Votes)
- Repeal and Replace the ACA/Obama Care (0%, 0 Votes)
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