Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense appropriations bill for FY 2017:

“The only way to put an end to terrorism is to destroy it at the source. Each and every year, Congress passes legislation to support every aspect of our national defense, from ensuring our military men and women get the pay they need to purchasing new and better equipment so our military remains the most able and technologically advanced fighting force in the world. Our fighting forces need the resources and reforms in this Department of Defense appropriations bill to deter aggression abroad and take the fight to our enemies—especially those devoted to radical Islam. The Senate should pass and the President should sign this bill as quickly as possible to send a message to the world that America will not waver in the protection of its people and the defense of freedom.”