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House Passes Defense Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joined a bipartisan majority to pass H.R. 3219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which appropriates defense funding for the coming year. She released the following statement after the vote: 

“Our top priority is to keep Arizona families and our country safe. This legislation responsibly funds our military to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our nation. 

"It gives our troops a 2.4% pay raise, funds programs like the A-10, Apache, and F-35 that support good Arizona jobs, and funds the Veterans Health Administration so our veterans can receive the care they deserve. By working together, we can keep our country safe and support servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

“I do not support every provision in this bill and voted twice to remove funding for the border wall. The wall is a waste of taxpayer money that will not ever be built, and won't keep us safe. Congress must work together on effective border solutions and comprehensive immigration reform that secures our country and strengthens our economy.”