Washington, D.C.— Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act:

“My colleagues and I today ensured that our troops have the resources needed to be successful both on the frontlines and back at home.  With our Nation’s debt climbing higher each day, I made sure this legislation enacted common-sense cuts all while providing necessary funding for ongoing missions abroad, our troops and their families’ well-being, and investments in new defense technologies.  I am proud to live in a country that has the best military in the World and I was proud to support this legislation today. ” 

H.R. 2397 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 313-109.