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Valadao Statement on NDAA

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Washington, November 5, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
On Thursday, November 5, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1356; the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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WASHINGTON – On Thursday, November 5, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1356; the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016 is the comprehensive legislation to authorize the budget authority of the U.S. Department of Defense and the national security programs of the U.S. Department of Energy. Funding levels set forth within the legislation are consistent with the House Budget Resolution, which meets the exact amount requested by the President.

The agreement authorizes $521.9 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $58.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), plus $18.6 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a total of $599.2 billion for fiscal year 2016.

After voting in support of the legislation, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement:

 “Today, our country faces serious threats both at home and abroad. Congress must do everything possible to ensure our troops, who make such great sacrifices, have the resources they need to do their job.

As a Member of Congress, my top priority is ensuring the safety of my constituents and members of our armed forces, this legislation does just that.”

Highlights of the legislation include:
  • Reforms to the acquisition system that improve accountability, simplify the chain of command, and streamline the bureaucracy
  • Creates a retirement plan for service members currently not eligible
  • Directs resources to key priorities: 12 F/A 18-F Super Hornets, 6 JSF, A-10, Javelin, rotorcraft modernization for the Army National Guard, Israeli Cooperative Missile Defense
  • Ensures that post commanders can permit members of the Armed Forces to carry firearms at DoD installations, reserve centers, and recruiting centers
  • Provides lethal defensive assistance to Ukraine
  • Prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States and limits transfers to foreign countries
S. 1356, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in the United States House of Representatives on Thursday, November 5, 2015 by a vote of 370 to 58.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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