Sinema Supports Pay Increase for Servicemembers, National Security Priorities for Arizona

Defense appropriations bill includes 2.6 percent pay raise for military personnel, increased funding for drug enforcement in AZ

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) voted to make important investments to strengthen U.S. national security, protect local communities, and grow Arizona’s economy. The House passed the bipartisan 2019 Defense Appropriations Act, which includes an amendment supported by Sinema strengthening Arizona’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

“Arizonans deserve safe, secure communities and a strong national defense,”said Congresswoman Sinema.“We worked across the aisle to ensure this bill honors the service and sacrifices of Arizona servicemembers, gives them the tools they need to keep our country secure, and helps stop illicit drugs from reaching our communities.”

Congresswoman Sinema worked across the aisle to include an amendment to the bill that will help stop the spread of opioids and other drugs damaging communities in Arizona. Sinema worked with Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) and Congressmen Andy Barr (KY-06) and Andy Biggs (AZ-05) to offer the amendment, which increases funding for the National Guard counter-drug program. The program provides linguists, criminal analysts, communications, engineering, transportation, and ground and aerial reconnaissance to law enforcement agencies.

The bill funds a number of Sinema-supported initiatives important to national defense and Arizona’s economy, including the Apache helicopter, the A-10, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Compass Call aircraft, ground vehicles, and missile defense programs. The bill also makes important investments in traumatic brain injury, psychological health, and cancer research.