Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced the final passage of a bill that authorizes spending for the Department of Defense for military personnel, construction and national security programs at home and overseas.
"During this Christmas season, and all through the year, we appreciate the sacrifice and honor the service of our military men and women. We will continue our duty to provide them with the equipment, supplies and other resources they and their families need to do the job," said Enzi.
The Senate passed the defense authorization conference report, by a vote of 90-3 Tuesday. The House passed the bill on Dec. 12 by a vote of 370-49 and now heads to the President for his signature.
The bill will authorize about $697 billion requested by President Bush for fiscal year 2008 for national defense, including all Iraq and Afghanistan-related funding. The bill also includes an across the board 3.5 percent pay increase for all military personnel and authorizes increases in the size of the Army by 13,000 and the Marine Corps by 9,000.
Support During the Holiday Season
For anyone who wants to show their gratitude and support to wounded service members this holiday season, Enzi is encouraging people to take advantage of a partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. to collect and distribute holiday greeting cards and notes to wounded military personnel. Cards should be sent to the address below and received before Dec. 27 to ensure delivery during the holiday season.
Please address holiday cards and notes to:
We Support You During Your Recovery!
c/o American Red Cross
P.O. Box 419
Savage, MD 20763-0419
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