Congressman Rohrabacher Supports Defense Appropriations Bill

Jun 20, 2005

Washington, Jun 20, 2005 - Rep. Rohrabacher voted this week to fully fund the United States Military. H.R. 2863 funds important military programs and provides pay raises to Armed Forces personnel.Overall Budgetary Highlights
Military Personnel -- $84.1 billion
Operation and Maintenance --$116.1 billion
Procurement -- $76.8 billion
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation -- $71.7 billion
Revolving and Management Funds -- $2.8 billion
Other Department of Defense Programs -- $2.5 billion
Emergency Wartime Appropriation -- $45.3 billion
Troop Support: Fully funds the 3.1% military pay raise and end strength requirements proposed in the President's budget; an increase of $20 million is provided for the military's Family Advocacy program to fight domestic violence; restores Impact Aid to $30 million, which was terminated in the budget request.Bridge Fund: The bill includes $45.3 billion in emergency funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, available on October 1, 2005. The fund is designed to cover 6 months worth of contingency operations costs in the global war on terrorism. The majority of this funding - $36.7 billion, or 80% - is provided for military pay and operation and maintenance accounts. Army Ground Systems: The Army's Future Combat System (FCS) research and development program is funded at $3.0 billion, about $400 million below the request due to significant development and contracting delays. The Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS) program would receive an increase of $50 million. The Stryker vehicle program is fully funded at the requested level of $878 million for 240 vehicles.Navy Shipbuilding: The President's request included funding for 4 ships: one Virginia-class submarine, one LPD-17 amphibious ship, one Littoral Combat ship (LCS), and one T-AKE cargo ship. The recommendations fully fund these and add 4 additional ships: one DDG-51 class destroyer ($1.4 billion); two LCS ships (an increase of $440 million); and one additional T-AKE ($380 million). Included is a recommendation to cut the Navy's DD(X) destroyer program by a total of about $1 billion - the combination of a reduction of $0.7 billion for advance procurement and $0.3 billion out of R&D; $670 million would remain in R&D. The recommendation is consistent with the levels approved by the House for the DD(X) program in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006.Navy/Marine Corps Aviation: The bill fully funds the request for 130 aircraft, including 42 F/A-18's, compared to 115 total aircraft provided in fiscal year 2005. The bill fully funds the V-22 aircraft procurement program ($1.5 billion for 11 aircraft). The VXX Presidential helicopter replacement program is fully funded, as requested ($0.9 billion).Air Force programs: The bill would include purchasing 25 F/A-22 aircraft, as requested, and provides $3.2 billion. The C-17 program is fully funded (15 aircraft at $3.5 billion). The bill restores funding for the C-130J multiyear procurement program by transferring funding from the Navy to the Air Force; the Air Force will procure 9 aircraft while the Navy will procure 4 tanker variants. The Joint Strike Fighter (a joint program with the Navy) is funded at almost $5 billion in R&D, as requested, but a reduction of $152 million for advance procurement is made due to development delays and since the first production aircraft will not actually be purchased until FY08. Finally, roughly $120 million is reduced from the request for Global Hawk funding due to an anticipated slowdown in the production schedule.Missile Defense: The bill provides a total of $7.6 billion for ballistic missile defense, a decrease of $143 million from the budget request. The recommendation does, however, include additional funding for an Asymmetric Warfare Initiative and S-Band radar. The Kinetic Energy Intercept program is funded at the President's requested level of $225 million.Space Programs: Funds most of the Administration's request for major space programs. However, the bill makes reductions to the request for two programs; Space radar (-$126 million) and transformational communications satellite (-$400 million). Remaining funds for these programs are for research and development activities, and for activities to reduce the costs for potential future procurements.Terminations: The bill terminates funding for the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The President requested $150 million for the program. The bill provides $2 million to close out existing contracts. The missile has repeatedly failed reliability and performance tests. Drug Interdiction and Counter-drug Activities: The bill provides $907 million for DOD's counter-drug activities and to fight narcoterrorism, $11 million over the request and roughly last year's level.