Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement after voting in support of the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, which would provide the critical tools our military forces need to fight terrorism and protect national security:
“One of the federal government’s primary responsibilities is providing for a strong national defense. Today, the House passed legislation with wide bipartisan support to keep our country safe, ensuring that our brave service members have the resources they need to carry out their missions. Importantly, this legislation will also protect the men and women of the California National Guard from unfairly having to repay their bonuses; I am proud to have worked to resolve this issue.
“The NDAA also provides all members of our military with a well-deserved 2.1 percent pay increase, more than the President requested. It also improves access to healthcare for our current service members, veterans, and their families and takes several necessary steps to prevent sexual assault in the military by improving the reporting process and enhancing victims’ rights. As the daughter of a U.S. Marine, I was proud to support this legislation, and I urge the Senate and the President to work with us to provide for the common defense and sign this bipartisan legislation into law.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.