Today, the House will consider the conference report for the 2018 National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA). The House passed its original bill in July.
It’s the primary duty of the federal government to provide for the national defense. This bill will do exactly that. It supports our military and their families, and it equips, trains, and supplies our troops.
Support for the U.S. military was abysmal under the previous administration. The NDAA provides $634 billion for the military, including modernizing equipment and supplying new aircraft, ships, and vehicles.
The NDAA authorizes increases to the size of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard, so we can be absolutely prepared for any threat against our citizens at home and abroad.
Not only that, but this legislation gives our service members a 2.4 percent pay raise—that’s the largest in eight years. We think our men and women in uniform deserve that.
We have the taxpayers in mind, too. Over the past few years, Congress has enacted reforms that will save taxpayers billions of dollars. Those include updating the retirement system, improving the military health care system, reorganizing the defense bureaucracy, improving congressional oversight and transparency, and changing the way the Pentagon buys supplies. The list goes on. This is no small feat, and it’s important because it means that every dollar spent will be wisely used to strengthen our national defense.
This legislation is a huge victory for our service members and, following the vote today, we look forward to it being signed by the president. Our men and women in uniform depend on it.