A banner year for Texas in Washington

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A banner year for Texas in Washington


With the first partisan impeachment vote since the Civil War complete, the spotlight will now shift to the U.S. Senate. Taking part in an impeachment trial is a solemn responsibility, and one I take extraordinarily seriously. But beneath the never-ending stream of headlines about impeachment, it’s been easy to miss the stories about everything else happening in Washington. This was a busy year, and together, we’ve notched a lot of wins for Texas.

Last week, Congress passed two major pieces of legislation to strengthen America’s military. The defense funding bill will provide a nearly $20 billion increase over last year’s funding levels, 98 new F-35 aircraft, which will be built by Texans in Fort Worth, and the largest pay raise in a decade for our troops.

This bill complements the National Defense Authorization Act, which invests in military modernization, and fully funds the B-21 bomber program for future deployment out of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. It also approved funds for military construction projects at Corpus Christi Army Depot, Fort Hood, Camp Swift, and Joint Base San Antonio, totaling $400 million.


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