National Security Appropriations Package Passed by Senate, FY20 Process Complete

Includes Largest Military Pay Increase in a Decade, $1.375 Billion for Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate today passed the second of two FY2020 comprehensive appropriations packages, H.R. 1158, by a vote of 81-11.  The legislation includes spending measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Department of Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; and Homeland Security.  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), who also chairs the subcommittee on defense, issued the following statement upon passage of the national security-related funding legislation:


“Finally, we have secured the funds and resources for our military – our national security.  This package includes a significant increase in defense funding and the largest pay raise in a decade for our men and women in uniform.  Further, Congress has now passed many of the President’s important priorities, such as funding to defend our Southern border and the protection of critical transfer authorities that will allow him to devote additional resources to border security and immigration enforcement, as needed.  We have worked tirelessly to advance these bills, and I am proud of our end result – the completion of our FY2020 appropriations process.  I want to thank my good friend, Vice Chairman Leahy, and also Leaders McConnell and Schumer.  Our bipartisan path led to success thanks to the hard work and cooperation of all of our colleagues.  I am proud to say that this legislation is on the way to President Trump’s desk.” 


The package of bills, passed by a vote of 280-138 in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, will now advance to the President’s desk for his signature prior to the funding deadline of Friday, December 20, 2019.