Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement after voting in support of the fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 2685). This legislation provides $578.6 billion in discretionary spending for military operations abroad, vital national security needs, and health and quality-of-life programs for the military men and women who proudly serve our nation.
Said Rep. Mimi Walters, “As the daughter of a U.S. Marine, I understand the sacrifice that our troops make to serve and defend this great nation. For this reason, I was pleased to support today’s bill which would give our troops a well-deserved 2.3% pay raise - 1% higher than the President’s request. H.R. 2685 would also enhance our national security by equipping and preparing our military force with the tools and resources they need to keep our country safe. In a time of rising global threats ranging from ISIS to Russia, we need to ensure that we maintain global readiness and that our military remains the best in the world. This bill does precisely that. I hope my colleagues in the Senate will work quickly to pass this vital legislation.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.