The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual, bipartisan bill that ensures our men and women in the military have the resources and training they need to keep the American people safe.
After an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and several House Republicans gathered to celebrate this victory for our military and for our country.
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Here are the highlights:
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA):
“After a half-decade of cuts, our military is the smallest it’s been since before World War II. In fact, even our own Secretary of Defense, General Mattis, said that he was “shocked” to learn of the lack of readiness. That all ends today. The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, is all about readiness, reform, and resources so that our military can be the strongest in the world.
“I want to thank all the members who are joining me this morning to celebrate the passage of the NDAA…for showing tremendous leadership for our military. Specifically, the NDAA reforms the way the Pentagon does business, gives them the tools that they need to make better decisions, rebuilds our military through equipment modernization, improves readiness, and provides our troops the largest pay increase in five years.
“Americans should be confident in their security, and have the peace of mind knowing they are safe and free. This is the promise of the People’s House to all Americans.”
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chair of HASC Subcommittee on Readiness:
“[This legislation] is in the tradition of Ronald Reagan, and that is peace through strength. It’s also a fulfillment of the promises and pledges of President Donald Trump to rebuild our military and a strong national defense. …we’re fulfilling the primary obligation of the national government to provide for the national defense…”
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), Chair of HASC Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
“This is a great day for our nation, a great day for our military. …[the NDAA provides for] critical capabilities in the world we find ourselves in today….every day the headlines remind us of the mounting challenges that we see from our adversaries around the world, whether it’s China, whether it’s Russia, whether it’s Iran, whether it’s North Korea, or whether it’s the influx and increase in terrorism we see around the world. This gives our military the necessities to project power, to project force, to project presence around the world.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Chair of the HASC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
“This bipartisan bill makes critical reforms to increase and invest in our readiness, and ensure that those who serve our nation are fully equipped, trained, and supported. I’m also pleased that this bill contains the largest pay increase in five years for our troops…and stronger cyber warfare capabilities, safeguards our technological superiority, enables our special operations forces around the globe, and energizes programs and activities that counter terrorism, unconventional warfare, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.”
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH):
“Our military has been weakened and diminished over the last several years…that’s left our troops and all of us vulnerable, while our adversaries have become more brazen, and more emboldened. This defense act respects our troops and their mission to provide for the defense of the United States of America. I served one year as a combat surgeon in Iraq. Having what you need and being trained to serve at top levels is so important to success on all aspects, whether it’s medical, transportation, technical, and lethal.”
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE):
“I served roughly 30 years in the Air Force, 13 assignments. When I came in the Air Force in 1985, we were starting to see the payoff of Ronald Reagan’s buildup. …we saw that dominance erode about 10 years ago. …I know individuals at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska who deployed 25 times. That’s hard. We’ve had fewer numbers, but they’re carrying a larger burden. The aircraft is the oldest it’s ever been in the history of the Air Force. We’ve suffered in readiness, we’ve suffered in modernization, and I’m so proud to be part of the effort to turn this ship around…our military men and women deserve it.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY):
“I’m really proud to have been part of this bipartisan effort to begin the process to rebuild the military, to dig out of the hole we’ve been in in particular for the past eight years. …we have an obligation here in Congress: our most important, solemn obligation to ensure that we’re providing the resources necessary for our military, and with this bill we have taken a very important first step under Chairman Thornberry’s guidance to make sure that we do that.”
House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-TX):
“…with this bill, we’re finally turning things around. Today, defense spending is still 18 percent lower than it was in 2010, measured in constant dollars. As [Chair McMorris Rodgers] said, the focus of this bill is to rebuild our military, and to reform so that we get better value for the taxpayers and that we’re better prepared to meet the threats that await us up ahead. …on both sides of the aisle there is a commitment to turn things around, and the men and women who serve deserve that from us.”