Senate Military and Veterans Appropriations Act includes $750 million for North Carolina U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan has announced that the Senate approved $750 million for veterans programs and military construction in North Carolina that she fought to secure. Hagan voted in support of the 2012 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which passed the Senate Wednesday night, July 20, by a 97-2 vote. The bill now moves to be merged with the House version.
“North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation, and this important legislation helps ensure our servicemembers, veterans and their families receive the support and care they deserve,” said Hagan, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.
“Though we must work across the aisle to lower our mounting federal debt, we cannot and will not abandon the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms. This bill includes funds for necessary improvements to Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, and over $150 million for North Carolina-based Special Operations Forces. As we drawdown from Afghanistan, we will continue to rely on our Special Operations Forces – who bravely took down Osama Bin Laden – and they must possess the resources to combat emerging threats to our national security.”
Hagan’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities oversees Special Operations Forces. North Carolina is home to Joint Special Operations Command, Army Special Operations Command, Marine Corps Special Operations Command, and the Air Force Combat Command School.
The legislation also includes $50 billion nationwide for veterans’ healthcare in 2013. Hagan cosponsored the 2009 Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which mandates veterans' health care funding be appropriated two fiscal years in advance to ensure that partisan wrangling over the budget resolution does not obstruct funding for veterans.
“Veterans’ health care is a non-negotiable priority,” Hagan said. “No matter the budget battles occurring in Washington, partisan bickering should never interfere with health care for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect this country.”