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Frelinghuysen's National Security Funding Bill Approved by the House

WASHINGTON, D.C.The House of Representatives today approved the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219) to provide funding for national security for the 2018 fiscal year. The bill, also known as the “Make America Secure Appropriations Act”, was passed on a vote of 235-192.

The bill includes the full legislation and funding for four of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, including: the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and the Legislative Branch Appropriations bills. This funding extends through the entire 2018 fiscal year.

“After years of unnecessary and unwise cuts to our national security, this legislation represents the next step forward in rebuilding our military and ensuring our nation is ready to meet any current or emerging threat,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “This bill will provide our forces with the resources they need to do their jobs and ensure the success of our missions.  As Chairman, I am pleased to support New Jersey’s historic role to improve the lethality, effectiveness and safety of our troops.”

For example, the Department of Defense section of H.R. 3192 provides over $130 million in funding to the Armaments Research Development Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County as a follow-up to a recent study conducted under the auspices of the Office of Secretary of Defense.  “The OSD study identified specific areas of concern including loss of weapons range overmatch, effects of enemy countermeasures to GPS, and the proliferation of low-cost commercially available unmanned aerial systems.  This bill provides the funding to allow the experts at Picatinny to advance the capabilities of our Armed Forces as soon as possible.”

In addition to providing operations and maintenance monies for every New Jersey military installation, the bill also provides $2.4 billion for another 15 KC-46 aircraft – the new airborne tanker that will be stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

In addition to providing the highest level of funding in history for veterans medical care, the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs section of the package includes funding to help Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst prepare for the arrival of the Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker, providing money for a new hangar, apron and fire hydrant modifications, a maintenance training facility, “boom operator” and fuselage trainers and equipment storage building.  In addition, the legislation provides $11.6 million for apron and taxiway improvements at JBMDL.

“The funding for New Jersey’s Joint Base is an endorsement of the installation’s current and future military value. Ensuring that the proper resources are available to conduct successful missions from New Jersey is vital,” Frelinghuysen said.

The Energy and Water section of H.R. 3192 includes funding for:

•           New Jersey Back Bay Study ($449k) to continue research to bring relief from back bay flooding. The New Jersey Back Bay (NJBB) is located behind the New Jersey barrier islands of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May Counties and includes the set of interconnected water bodies and coastal lakes that are separated from the Atlantic Ocean;

•           Green Brook Sub-Basin ($20 million) to continue construction on a series of channel modifications, levees with limited floodwalls and dry detention basins. 

•           Funding is also provided in the bill for the Passaic River Flood Warning System, which assists the public and emergency managers forecast and prepare for riverine flood events;

•           Additional Operating and Maintenance (O&M) funding is provided for a number of projects throughout New Jersey to keep our waterways dredged and our beaches replenished. 

Funding for the Office of Science is $5.4 billion, $919 million above the President’s request.  The money is used to keep the national laboratories, including Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, at the forefront of global scientific discovery. 

Frelinghuysen noted that the report to accompany the FY 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill highlights the significance of the 2016 completed New Jersey/New York Harbor Deepening project, declaring , “This project of national significance is an example of how the (Army) Corps and its partners can work together to enhance our national economy.”

For a bill overview, please visit:

https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/national_security_package_one_pager.pdf

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