Rep. Kelly Votes In Support of FY 2013 DOD Appropriations Bill
Washington, DC —U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) voted today in support of the fiscal year 2013 Defense Appropriations bill, which provides $519.2 billion in regular funding and $88.5 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for defense activities related to the Global War on Terror. The bill passed the House with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 326 to 90. Rep. Kelly issued the following statement:
“Congress is constitutionally mandated to provide for the common defense of our great nation. It was one of the reasons our Founding Fathers established the Constitution and it is a responsibility I take very seriously.
“The world is an increasingly dangerous place and America’s enemies remain resolved in their fight against freedom and freedom-seeking nations. We need a strong and ready military to meet our vast national security needs and to be prepared to confront ongoing and future threats.
“This bill affirms our commitment to the health, well-being, and readiness of our troops who, as only one percent of the U.S. population, disproportionately bear the burden of defending our nation from those who wish us harm. It is unimaginable to me that we would deny our men and women in uniform the resources they need to succeed.”