Smith Supports Troop Funding Bill
by Lamar Smith on April 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM
Today, I issued the following statement regarding House passage of a bill to fully fund the Department of Defense for the remainder of the fiscal year and provide a one-week continuing resolution of other government spending at reduced levels.
We need to resolve our nation’s long-term budget and cut spending, but there is no excuse to hold military pay hostage in this budget debate. House Republicans just passed a continuing resolution that would fund military personnel for the rest of the fiscal year, and make real spending cuts while averting a government shutdown tomorrow.
Our members of the military and their families sacrifice every day for our nation, and the least we can do in ensure that they are compensated for their service. I urge the Senate to pass this bill to guarantee that our military members are paid for the rest of the year.