House Affirms Commitment to Troops

Legislation will fund U.S. military operations and prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo detainees

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement applauding the passage of H.R.4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015, with a bipartisan vote of 340-73:

“Our men and women in uniform risk their lives to protect our country and freedom, and we must ensure they have the tools they need to be successful,” said Congressman Rice.  “This bill funds the military operations and national security efforts our troops use readily to keep us safe . Furthermore, it addresses the President’s decision to release five dangerous terrorists by prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees.”    

In total, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015 provides $491 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $4.1 billion above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $200 million above the President’s request. In addition, the bill includes $79.4 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for the ongoing war efforts abroad, the same level assumed in the President’s budget request and in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act.