Titus Statement on FY 2014 Defense Department Appropriations Bill

Jul 24, 2013
Press Release

July 24, 2013

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District released the following statement today on the passage of H.R. 2397, FY 2014 Defense Department Appropriations.

“Ensuring that our servicemen and women have the support they need in the field and at home is essential to a strong national defense,” said Titus. “This bill addresses that need by raising pay for active service members, strengthening provisions to address sexual assault in our military, and increasing investment in critical health services for active and retired military members. It also provides significant funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense systems, increased opportunities for small business procurement, and robust funding for the Air Force to ensure that the brave men and women serving at Nellis have the tools they need to 'fly, flight, and win.'"

The bill also includes an amendment to provide $16 million additional dollars for the Fisher House Foundation. Fisher Houses are a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving care at major military and VA medical centers where families stay at no cost. A portion of the funds included in the amendment will expedite plans for a Fisher House in Las Vegas adjacent to the new VA Hospital. Congresswoman Titus spoke on the House Floor yesterday in support of this amendment.

“I’m proud to support the construction of four new Fisher Houses, and am pleased that one will be built in Las Vegas soon,” said Titus. “When a loved one is in the hospital, Fisher Houses provide military families with critical financial support and peace of mind.”