WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued this statement following President Trump’s signing of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act:
“This bill is a promise kept to our men and women who serve. To address the military readiness crisis we’ve faced for years, we are implementing this historic funding increase to boost training and upgrade equipment. This legislation reforms the Pentagon to make our military more agile, provides resources to ensure our Armed Forces have the tools needed for modern warfare, and extends funding for global counterterrorism efforts. Importantly, it takes care of service members and their families, with their biggest pay raise in nine years, and funding for the Defense Health Program. Because of the dedication of our service members, America’s might is unmatched around the world.
“It is fitting that the president signed this bill at Fort Drum, which is represented by Elise Stefanik, whose hard work on the Armed Services Committee has helped make this rebuilding of our military possible. With this bill now becoming law, our military knows that Congress is committed to giving them the resources needed to fulfill their missions.”