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Bush to Sign Appropriation Bill Into Law

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2002 – President Bush will sign the fiscal 2002 Defense Appropriations Bill into law Jan. 10 during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

Bush will sign the bill at about 1:15 p.m.

The appropriations bill provides the money to run the Defense Department. The fiscal 2002 authorization act, signed into law at the end of December, gives DoD the authority to spend the money.

The bill provides DoD a total of $317.4 billion in new discretionary spending in the fiscal year that started in October 2001. This includes $82 billion to military personnel accounts. The appropriation funds a force of 1.38 million active duty service members and 864,658 reserve component personnel.

The appropriation funds an across-the-board 4.6 percent military personnel pay raise and selected targeted pay raises. This means everyone in the military will receive at least a 5 percent raise in fiscal 2002. The appropriation also funds money to "buy down" service members' out-of- pocket housing expenses.

Also in the bill are funds for homeland defense programs and programs devoted to the protection of deployed American military forces, U.S. interests overseas and friends and allies from nontraditional threats.

The appropriation bill includes $7.8 billion for missile defense programs. Officials said the $18.4 billion written into the bill for healthcare will fully fund all medical programs.

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