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House Passes National Defense Authorization Act

Authorizes Funding for the Department of Defense for FY2018

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Washignton, July 14, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
This morning, with the support of Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810; the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018.
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WASHINGTON – This morning, with the support of Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810; the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the comprehensive legislation to authorize the budget authority of the U.S. Department of Defense and certain national security programs of the U.S. Department of Energy for fiscal year 2018. Funding levels set forth within the legislation are consistent with the House Budget Resolution, which meets the exact amount requested by the President.

“In Congress, my most important duty is ensuring the safety of all Americans, including my constituents in California’s 21st Congressional District,” said Congressman Valadao. “We must provide our military with the equipment, resources, and training needed to effectively protect the United States against threats both at home and abroad. Today’s passage of the NDAA bill not only meets the needs of the men and women who keep us safe, but will restore military readiness, and as a result, keeping all Americans safe.”

The agreement authorizes $613.8 billion in base funding for national defense, including a $28.5 billion increase for essential readiness recovery above the President’s request. Furthermore, the bill authorizes $74.6 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which includes $10 billion to be used for base requirements. Including the $7.5 billion for mandatory defense spending, a total of $695.9 billion is authorization to be appropriated.

Additionally, the legislation benefits Naval Air Base Lemoore with the inclusion of $60.8 million for Lemoore F/A 18 Avionics Repair Facility Replacement as well as $17.3 million for Naval Operational Support Center Lemoore.

Highlights of the legislation include:
  • Reforms to the acquisition system that improve accountability, simplify the chain of command, and streamline the bureaucracy
  • Authorizes funds to increase the size of the U.S. Armed Forces and provides a 2.4% pay raise to troops - the biggest troop pay raise in eight years
  • Directs resources to key priorities: 87 F-35s, 53 UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters, and $739 million for 10 additional F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
  • Ensures that post commanders can permit members of the Armed Forces to carry firearms at DoD installations, reserve centers, and recruiting centers
  • Prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States and limits transfers to foreign countries
H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act passed in the United States House of Representatives, with support from Congressman Valadao, on Friday, July 14, 2017 by a vote of 344 - 81.

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

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