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Stewart Votes to Prioritize National Defense and Rebuild the Military—Rejects Additional Mandatory Spending

Dec 17, 2019
Press Release
Securing Critical Defense Programs for Utah

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congress considered two separate Appropriations bills, H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158. Congressman Stewart voted in favor of H.R. 1158, which prioritizes national security and continues to rebuild our military after years of neglect by the Obama Administration. Additionally, this bill protects vital defense projects in Utah and contains Mr. Stewart’s amendment that ensures military war dogs are returned to the U.S. upon completion of their service.

 Noteworthy details include:   

  • Provides a 3.1 percent pay raise, the largest in a decade; and addresses child care and other quality of life issues critical to supporting our brave war-fighting men and women and their families
  • Funds a total of 98 F-35s that are essential for the United States to maintain air dominance and superiority over China and Russia
  • Strengthens our land-based nuclear defense systems by providing $557 million for Ground Based Strategic Deterrent modernization

“Today we sent a strong message to our adversaries that America is serious about our defense. The Federal government must keep the promises made to our citizens by providing a strong national defense while taking care of those who serve. This bill does both.”— Rep. Chris Stewart

Congressman Stewart opposed H.R. 1865 – Further Consolidated Appropriations Act.

“Unlike Defense, these programs are not the primary responsibility of the federal government. While there were many good things in the bill, I continue to fight to eliminate the debt and deficit. If we are going to get our fiscal house in order, Congress must get serious about our debt and, specifically, mandatory spending.” – Rep. Chris Stewart