"Today, 22 million veterans live among us, including more than 127,000 in Maine. These numbers are not just statistics; each one tells a story of courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty, and today we honor them and thank them for their courage, sacrifice, and service."
The bill contains nearly $80 billion in funding, which represents an increase of more than $1 billion above the President’s FY 2016 budget request. It also reflects bipartisan compromise and a commitment, on the eve of Veterans’ Day, to ensure that Congress funds programs and priorities that support veterans, our troops, and their families.
"This important bipartisan legislation is vital to ensuring that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have the critical resources needed to accomplish their national security missions around the world."
The students were visiting Washington to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Conference.
The FY 2016 NDAA would authorize $599.2 billion in spending for our national defense.
“During my discussions with Lieutenant General Kadavy, the Director of the Army National Guard, in October 2015, and my recent travel to U.S. European Command, it could not be clearer how important the National Guard is to Maine and to enabling national security missions overseas. I look forward to continuing to work to ensure that our National Guard, and their important missions and programs, are adequately resourced and ready to respond when called upon to do so.”
On Oct. 31, the Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Rafael Peralta, was christened at Bath Iron Works. The story of the namesake of the United States Navy’s newest Maine-built destroyer would be inspiring at any time. On Veterans Day, it is an especially powerful reminder of the qualities that unite all who have served our country throughout our history.
“Supporting an individual appropriations bill in no way suggests that the Senate is giving up on passing the other 11 subcommittee appropriations bills, whether they are brought to the floor individually or as an Omnibus package."
We will continue to urge the VA to articulate a clear vision for the future of this critically important program and work to ensure that all veterans receive the health care they need close to home.”
Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, and Angus King announced more than $2.7 million in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal grant program for the communities of Brewer, Oxford, and Wilton.