Proposed 2005 Budget Contains Money For Troop Pay Raise
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2004 The president's proposed fiscal 2005 budget boosts defense spending to continue the war on terror, providing another pay raise for troops and increasing homeland security spending.
"We will devote the resources necessary to win the war on terror and protect our homeland," President Bush said Jan. 31 during his weekly radio address to the nation.
With U.S. forces deployed worldwide in the fight against terrorism, Bush noted his proposed budget boosts defense spending by 7 percent, with money earmarked for equipment, ammunition and troop housing.
"We'll keep our military strong and ready for every challenge that may come," the commander in chief vowed.
Bush observed that military pay has increased 21 percent since he took office. He said his proposed fiscal 2005 budget contains funding to increase service members' pay by another 3.5 percent next year.
"Our troops put their lives on the line to defend America," Bush pointed out, "and we owe them our best in return."
Bush said his proposed budget "nearly triples homeland security spending over 2001 levels, including an increase of nearly 10 percent next year, to $30.5 billion." This money, he explained, would be used to improve security at borders, airports and seaports, and to better prepare the U.S. against biological attack.
The president said his proposed fiscal 2005 budget also contains money to boost the FBI's budget by 11 percent, and a $357-million increase in counterterrorism activities.
"America will not let its guard down in our war on terror," Bush concluded.