The bipartisan Department of Defense Appropriations bill strengthens AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s military by:
- Investing in equipment, training and cutting-edge weaponry, including body armor and vehicles proven to save lives in Iraq;
- Restoring depleted equipment for the National Guard and Reserves;
- Funding a larger pay raise (3.5 percent) for our troops than the President requested; and
- Strengthening health care for our wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
- The legislation also includes a Continuing Resolution to Fund the federal government through December 14 at the FY 2007 spending level.Ã‚Â
- The legislation will increase funding to the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s requested levels for the Department of Veterans Affairs, providing the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s $2.9 billion increase, but still $3.7 billion below the historic level that Congress is fighting for;
- Continue a temporary extension of the childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health insurance program (SCHIP), through December 14.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Democrats continue to negotiate with Republicans to come to an agreement to provide health care coverage to 10 million American children.