Walorski Named to Defense Bill Conference Committee
Panel Will Reconcile Differences Between House, Senate Bills to Boost Military Readiness, Provide Servicemembers Pay Raise
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today was appointed to serve on the conference committee tasked with reaching a final agreement on the annual defense policy bill.
“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,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I am honored to work with my colleagues to ensure we send a bill to the president’s desk that rebuilds our military, supports our troops both on and off the battlefield, and keeps our nation secure.”
Walorski was appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on the conference committee, which is responsible for reconciling differences between versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA) passed by the House and Senate.
The House in July passed its version of the NDAA (H.R. 2810), which would authorize $696.1 billion in defense funding, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year. It would fully fund the 2.4 percent pay raise servicemembers are entitled to under the law – the biggest in eight years – and boost investment in maintenance, training, and personnel. It would also maintain existing prohibitions on closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay or transferring terrorist detainees to U.S. soil.
Walorski, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, served on the House Armed Services Committee in the 113th Congress and 114th Congress.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.