Congressman Matt Gaetz Applauds $124.8 Million for Eglin and Hurlburt in President Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

March 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) applauded President Donald Trump’s FY2020 budget proposal, which includes $124.8 million in Air Force Special Operations Command Military Construction for the First Congressional District.

From the beginning of his time in Congress, Congressman Gaetz has fought to secure robust funding for Florida’s military mission and has made it a top priority to ensure the First District’s installations have the capabilities they need in order to protect America. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Gaetz has held more than a dozen roundtable discussions with military officials to learn what resources America’s armed forces need for success on and off the battlefield.

Rep. Gaetz shares a close working relationship with President Trump, which has strengthened his ability to secure funding for the brave men and women of the First Congressional District. Additionally, in 2018, Congressman Gaetz secured $196.6 million in the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including $41.9 million for military test range enhancements.

Please Note: The budget is subject to review by Congress. During this time, Congressman remains committed to supporting Florida’s military mission.

When asked about President Trump’s FY2020 budget proposal, Rep. Gaetz said:

“President Trump has once again proven his deep and abiding commitment to the United States Armed Forces, especially Northwest Florida’s military mission. This proposed budget includes $124.8 million for Air Force Special Operations in Northwest Florida. This is a tremendous victory for Florida’s First Congressional District, which remains America’s preeminent location for military training, testing, and development. I’m proud to have worked closely with President Trump in order to ensure our airmen will have the facilities they need to accomplish their missions.”


BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON BUDGETARY PROVISIONS:

  • $16.5 million in Special Operations Forces Combined Squadron Operations Facility for Eglin Air Force Base (Duke Field)
  • $72.9 million in Special Operations Forces Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons Hangar for Hurlburt Field
  • $16.5 million in Special Operations Forces Combined Squadron Operations Facility for Hurlburt Field
  • $18.9 million for Special Operations Forces Maintenance Training Facility for Hurlburt Field

 

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