House Clears Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Delivers Pay Raise for Troops
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved H.R. 2810, the “2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” a bipartisan bill injecting much-needed resources to America’s Armed Forces. It increases defense spending by 10% from previous levels and provides the largest pay raise for troops in eight years while allocating additional funding for missile defense research and development. The measure cleared the House Armed Services Committee by a vote of 60-1, and was approved by the entire House 344-81.
“If you like to see folks working together for a common goal, I sure hope you paid attention to what was happening on Capitol Hill this week. You may not hear a lot about the serious bipartisan efforts going on in Congress to move America forward, but they happen every day, and this bill is a great example,” said Rep. Woodall. “Supporting the men and women of our Armed Forces and keeping America safe isn’t a partisan idea, and we saw evidence of that not only in today’s vote, but all week as we worked our way through 210 amendments made in order.”
Passage of NDAA builds upon policies and initiatives that began in a government funding bill passed by the House in May, and further delivers on the commitments made by both Congress and the Administration to rebuild and reform America’s military and defense systems. The NDAA addresses important readiness shortfalls that go beyond the President’s requests, including $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.
“When the process is sound, so is the product,” Woodall added. “Beyond all the noise many of us hear these days, there is still a great deal that brings us together in a productive way.”
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.