On Wednesday, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly in favor of fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill (HR 1301). The bill amounts to a $577.9 billion, an increase of $5.2 billion over last year’s version. Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism funding amounts to $61.8 billion. Combined with some supplemental funding from December’s Continuing Resolution, total funding for this fiscal year will be $583.7 billion. The bill also fully funds a 2.1% pay raise for the military. The final vote was 371-48 – all Georgia congressman voted in favor of the bill except for Representative John Lewis (D- GA 5).
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