Walorski Votes for Defense Bill that Puts Servicemembers, National Security First

Friday, July 14, 2017

Walorski Votes for Defense Bill that Puts Servicemembers, National Security First

FY18 NDAA Boosts Defense Funding, Gives Troops Pay Raise, Keeps Gitmo Detainees Off U.S. Soil

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810) by a bipartisan vote of 344 to 81:

“Our servicemen and women risk their lives every day to keep America safe, and we need to give them the tools, training, and support necessary to defeat any threat. This NDAA will rebuild our military, support our troops both on and off the battlefield, and keep our nation secure.

“After years of underfunding, this bill invests more in maintenance, modernization, and training, allows our Armed Forces to grow to full strength again, and ensures Hoosier workers continue to play a key role in our national defense by manufacturing high-quality, made-in-America military equipment.

“This bill also fully funds the 2.4 percent pay raise our troops deserve. It provides important resources to help military families. And in the wake of the Marines United scandal, it protects servicemembers from having their private images shared without their consent.

“And the NDAA puts the safety and security of the American people first by keeping in place the ban on closing Gitmo or transferring dangerous detainees to U.S. soil, and by boosting investment in missile defense to counter threats posed by rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea that are developing long-range missiles.

“With this critical legislation, we are investing in our national security and supporting the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to defend our freedom.”

BACKGROUND

Rebuilding Our Military

  • The FY18 NDAA authorizes $696.1 billion in defense funding, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year.
  • It aims to close the readiness gap by boosting investment in maintenance, training, restoration, and modernization.
  • It allows the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard to add personnel to restore the Armed Forces to full strength.
  • It includes a Walorski-authored amendment requiring a GAO report on how the Department of Defense can improve its acquisition process and manage programs more efficiently.

Supporting Our Troops

  • The NDAA fully funds the 2.4 percent pay raise servicemembers are entitled to under the law – the biggest in eight years.
  • It provides support and resources to help address the unique challenges military families face, such as relocation and licensing.

Keeping Our Nation Safe

  • The NDAA maintains existing prohibitions on closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay or transferring terrorist detainees to U.S. soil.
  • It provides critical resources to confront threats around the world and destroy terrorist networks such as ISIS.
  • It boosts missile defense funding to counter increasing threats from hostile nations.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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