Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Yoho Votes for Troop Pay Raise

May 18, 2016
Press Release

Washington D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL -03) voted in favor of strengthening our armed forces, raising the pay for our troops, and keeping shoulder fired missiles out of the hands of jihadists in Syria. H.R. 4909 funds America’s national defense for fiscal year 2017. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:

“Today, I voted to strengthen our national security and ensure our military maintains a readiness level unparalleled around the world.  The bill we passed today touches every aspect of our national defense and the men and woman who have answered the call to protect our great country. With the dangers we are facing around the world, it is vital that our armed forces have all they need to complete the missions they are assigned.

“This authorization completely funds the overseas deployment of our troops in harm’s way through the first part of next year. By doing this we will be giving the next Commander in Chief the opportunity to implement a comprehensive strategy for the war against ISIS and time to request the resources required to carry out that strategy.

“I am pleased my bill language that prevents the transfer of our naval base at GITMO, back to the Castro regime and prevents the shipment of MANPADS to Syria, was added to the final defense authorization we passed today.

“In addition to funding our military, this bill reforms the Pentagon’s acquisition process to create a system that is not only streamlined but cost efficient. This reform is long overdue and will enable the latest equipment to be delivered to our troops quickly, while cutting wasteful spending. Lastly and most importantly, this bill provides a much needed and well deserved pay raise for our troops and their families. The pay raise is fully offset. With the sacrifices our troops and their families make to defend us and provide the blanket of freedom we all enjoy, this pay raise is the least we can do.”