Did you know we’re making readiness a priority?

Did you know that many enlisted service members’ beginning salary is roughly $9.25 an hour?

That’s one of the reasons why the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in July. Our bill gives our troops their largest pay raise in eight years.

It’s just one of the many bills we passed so far in 2017. We’re excited to talk about our work with people back home (more on that ↓) Curious what else we’ve been working on? Check out www.didyouknow.gop.

Readiness, resources, and reform — that’s what this NDAA was all about.

After a half-decade of cuts, our Army is the smallest it’s been since before WWII. It’s difficult to provide for the common defense when General Mattis himself is shocked by the decline.

The Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy sometimes have no choice but to cannibalize parts from ships and planes to keep others in working order. In the news, we see stories of the issues caused by years of disinvestment, and it’s directly impacting those who serve to protect our country.

We have too many military planes that cannot fly, too many ships that cannot sail, too many soldiers who cannot deploy, while too many threats gather. The Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA  will change that.

What does it do? In addition to the pay raise, our bill:

  • Authorizes increasing the size of our military to combat the threats we face
  • Increases funding for maintenance, training opportunities, and for modernizing facilities and weapons
  • Reforms the way the Pentagon does business by, for example, improving the way it buys commercial off-the-shelf goods. This allows the Department of Defense to use online commercial sites like Amazon to get goods at a lower price, quicker, and in a more transparent way

Sounds great, right? Even better: On July 14, it passed overwhelmingly in the House by a vote of 344 to 81.

Here’s what House Republicans have to say about our work on readiness: