WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today voted for Senate Amendments to H.R. 4899, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, which provides $37.1 billion in support for American troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dent, who earlier this month expressed frustration over Congress’s inability to finalize the legislation before leaving Washington for the Fourth of July District work period, issued the following statement:
“The timely passage of this funding was absolutely necessary to ensure the success of our military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In March, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates implored Congress to provide this level of funding to help support the 30,000 additional troops being deployed to Afghanistan under the direction of the President. While I was disappointed Congress recessed for the Fourth of July prior to finishing work on this bill, I am pleased we have finally provided the support our troops need to complete their mission.”
Funding in this bill will be used to replace and repair armored vehicles, replenish depleted munitions, improve pre-deployment training, and enhance communications capabilities. The bill also provides additional resources for overseas intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts. Specifically, funding will broaden the utilization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which helps eliminate the need for soldiers to conduct potentially dangerous missions. Furthermore, the bill devotes $33 million to ensure wounded and sick troops receive the medical services they deserve.