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2016-06-02

Smith sez: ‘Protect Americans, equip service members for success’

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Rep. Lamar Smith supports a 2.1 percent pay raise for America’s servicemen and women.

Congressman Lamar Smith last week released the following statement after voting to support the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, which passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 277-147.
“Congress has a responsibility to make sure our men and women in uniform are equipped with the resources needed to defend our nation. I’m particularly pleased that they’re receiving a well-deserved 2.1 percent raise.”
Additionally, the bill boosts funding for military bases by $18 billion more than the president’s budget request. It also authorizes the necessary force, structure, equipment and funding to help close the military readiness gap.
The national defense bill ensures that the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility remains open and maintains the policy that terrorists cannot be transferred to US soil. Smith opposes closure of the detention facility.
In April, he sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter raising national security concerns over the transfer of dangerous terrorists as a result of the proposed closure.