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Lawmaker back on defense panel
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-1, has been reappointed a senior member of the prominent House Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations.

Kingston serves a district that includes four military bases - Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Camden County; Fort Stewart in Hinesville; Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah; and Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta.

Among other things, the subcommittee provides funding for national security programs and the health and safety of troops and their families. It also funds overseas military operations.

"As long as we have troops putting their lives on the line in the defense of this country, national security must be our top priority," said Kingston, who's beginning a new, two-year term in the House of Representatives.

"As a member of this subcommittee, I have worked to defend important programs for our men and women in uniform while also identifying functions I think we can live without. Over the next two years, I hope we can continue our bipartisan efforts in that joint endeavor.

"Representing four major military installations that house every service branch and countless military families, those programs are of special interest to me, and I will work to make sure they are carried out efficiently and effectively."

Kingston's Coastal Georgia district also hosts a National Guard Combat Readiness Training Center in Savannah, the Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Wing and the Townsend Bombing Range, which is operated by the Marine Corps.

Kingston said he still feels it is unnecessary to spend military funds on professional sporting activities and co-sponsored a measure last year with Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., to prohibit it. He said the military was spending $80 million on football, motor sports and bass fishing.

The measure produced results even though it failed to gain support in the House. In recent months, the Army and Marine Corps have announced an intent to end sponsorships, Kingston said.

While the federal government is operating under a stopgap spending measure known as a continuing resolution, the most recently House-passed appropriations bill would have provided $605.8 billion for national defense and military programs.

The amount includes ongoing military operations abroad, military personnel and pay, defense health and military family programs, operations and maintenance, research and development, and equipment procurement.



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