The fiscal 2020 budget for defense is
There were concerns earlier in the year about whether
The projects included in the act are: a
Hudson said the
Officials said the project -- which was originally included in a recommended fiscal 2016 budget -- was canceled.
Cunningham said Tillis' voted to support
The Cunningham campaign has pointed to a February opinion editorial Tillis wrote for the
"Then, he promised those families the money would come, but we know now it won't," said Cunningham, an Army veteran of
The day of the
"None of the projects were threatened based on the funding at the time of the executive order," Tillis said, adding that military officials assured him any delays to funding would not threaten the projects.
"I think the president's going to have the funding that the administration thinks they need to continue to make progress on border security, and there's no decisions in (the National Defense Authorization Act) that ... diverts military construction for that purpose."
Tillis and Hudson said another accomplishment in the act is a 3.1% pay raise for service members.
In a joint statement with
Hudson said it:
--Includes language that allows service members' cases of medical malpractice in military facilities to be reviewed by the secretary of defense. Hudson consponsored a bill on behalf of a
--Allows wounded soldiers to receive a pay allowance during a portion of their rehabilitation from wounds, injuries and illnesses they incurred in a combat operation or combat zone.
"That's an issue that came up because some of our Special Forces Green Berets were wounded in combat, and we've made a push over the last few years where we've tried to get folks back into their units to finish their recovery as soon as possible," Hudson said.
Previously, the soldiers would recover with the
Hudson said officials learned that soldiers recovering with their units had their supplemental pay cut because they were no longer with the
--The act also addresses prohibiting firefighters from using a foam that contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) after
"The bottom line is every day I wake up thinking what can I do to improve the lives of our military and their families and our veterans and that's why I was so pleased that we were able to deliver this Defense Authorization with so many wins for our community," Hudson said.
Tillis described it as "family friendly."
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