Gwinnett Daily Post– U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., praised the fiscal year 2017 defense department appropriations bill after it was passed by the House on Thursday.

The bill increases pay for American troops by 2.1 percent, while blocking proposed troop reductions and offering support for Israel, Ukraine and Jordan to “resist aggression.” Woodall’s office said it also funds combat and peacetime readiness programs.

“It’s always vitally important to ensure those serving and defending America have the resources they need,” Woodall said in a statement. “But as we continue to be confronted with threats across the globe and on American soil, this bill is as much about national security as it is about good government.

“Allocating these funds through a transparent appropriations process is what our Founders intended, and with 75 amendments to this legislation considered on the House floor from both sides of the aisle and many hours of debate, I am very proud of the robust and comprehensive process in which this crucial legislation moved forward.”

One of the amendments considered came from another congressman who represents part of Gwinnett County: U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.

Johnson was part of a group of representatives who floated an amendment aimed at stopping Saudi Arabia from using American-made bombs in Yemen during an intervention in the Yemeni Civil War. The amendment failed in a separate and narrow 204-216 vote.

“Earlier this year, the Saudi led-coalition dropped cluster bombs in Yemen that struck a rehabilitation center for the blind — which also has a school for blind children,” Johnson said in a statement. “The destruction of the school and the injuries sustained by the children were unbearably gruesome.

“This deliberate and reckless use of cluster munitions by Saudi Arabia highlights their complete disregard for the welfare of innocent people. This is unacceptable.”

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