I am strongly committed to our military and those who serve and have served our country. Providing for the common defense is one of the federal government's constitutional responsibilities. As such, Congress must ensure that our troops have all the resources and state-of-the-art equipment they need to complete their missions and return home safely to a grateful nation.
In March, 2017, I proudly supported legislation that pays our troops, provides the necessary care for them and their families, and provides men and women in uniform with the necessary tools to succeed on the battlefield. Included in this bill is a 2.1 percent military pay raise for the men and women bravely defending our country.
In addition, there is funding for 14 F/A-18 Super Hornets, which is important to the state of Missouri and our national security. This bill is now in the Senate where my colleagues will debate this legislation.