Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi, both R-Wyo., helped ensure today that America’s troops overseas and at home have the supplies they need. The senators also helped to provide reconstruction funds for regions of the world hit by the tsunami.
The Senate passed by a vote of 99-0 today a nearly $81 billion Emergency Supplemental bill that includes funding for defense, the global war on terrorism and tsunami relief.
"This funding supports democracy and safeguards people in harm's way -- our troops from the dangers of war and our world neighbors from the devastating effects of natural disasters," Thomas said.
“This bill funds emergency needs around the world but most importantly it provides the men and women of our armed forces the best equipment, training and supplies available,” said Enzi.
The bill provides about $74 billion for defense, including funding for military personnel as well as operations and maintenance activities.
The legislation provides about $4.3 billion for international security programs.
Also included in the bill is about $687 million to meet the needs of the domestic war on terrorism, including about $437 million for the Department of Homeland Security.
The bill provides about $907 million for the Indian Ocean tsunami relief, with about $7 million to be used for the expansion and enhancement of the U.S. tsunami warning capabilities. About $10.2 million will be used for the expansion of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and improvement of the seismic measurements and acquisition of tsunami detecting buoys.
The House passed its version of an emergency supplemental bill March 16 by a vote of 388-43. The two pieces of legislation will next go to a conference committee to work out the differences between the two bills.