For Immediate Release
July 14, 2017
Contact: T.W. Arrighi
Rep. Mimi Walters Says House NDAA Will Restore American Might
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18 NDAA), which authorizes defense spending for the United States military, sets national security policy, and reforms the Department of Defense.
Rep. Walters said, “One of Congress’ most important constitutional duties is to provide for the common defense. Yet, the United States faces a significant military readiness problem. After nearly two decades of war and irresponsible cuts over the last eight years, our military preparedness is at alarmingly low levels. With a growing number of threats and adversaries, our troops do not have the tools necessary to complete their mission.
“House passage of the NDAA is a major step in rolling back the cuts our military service members have endured over the past eight years. This legislation will ensure that our troops are not only ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, but that they have the most capable weapons platforms and resources. The House-passed bill provides $7.9 billion for aviation readiness, $5.9 billion for increased naval presence, $5.7 billion for ground forces, $2.3 billion for facilities maintenance, and $2.5 billion for missile defense.
“I’m especially pleased that this legislation will provide a 2.4 percent pay increase to the brave servicemembers who risk their lives for our freedom. Our armed forces deserve respect and support from civilians, and the passage of the FY18 NDAA reaffirms Congress’ commitment to our American troops.
“The men and women of the United States military are the greatest fighting force on Earth and the best defense of freedom globally. I am proud to have supported this important legislation.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.