Clinton Signs DoD Funding Bill; Stops Furlough Threat
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 1995 Failure of the Clinton
administration and congressional leaders to forge a balanced
budget agreement by Dec. 15 could cause another government
shutdown, but it won't affect Defense Department employees.
President Clinton signed the Department of Defense
Appropriations Bill, Nov. 30. Therefore, DoD employees will not
be furloughed if there is a shutdown.
"This bill provides for a strong national defense, supports
our commitments to the quality of life of our forces and their
families, maintains high military readiness and funds investment
programs necessary to modernize the equipment used by our combat
forces," Clinton said.
Clinton decided to approve the bill after reaching an
agreement with congressional leaders to provide funding for the
troop deployment and other efforts to secure peace in Bosnia.
"The pressing demands of peace and of our military
servicemen and women compel my approval of this measure," the
But he voiced some reservations about some aspects of the
bill. "I have expressed my strong concerns that this legislation
contains excessive spending for projects that are not currently
needed for our defense," Clinton said.
He's said he's also concerned about language in the bill
that could interfere or impede the United States' ability to
support international peacekeeping or humanitarian missions.
"I remain very concerned about provisions of the act that
restrict servicewomen and female dependents of military personnel
from obtaining privately funded abortions in military facilities
overseas, except in cases in which the mother's life is
endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. In
many countries, these U.S. facilities provide the only
accessible, safe source for these medical services."