House Passes National Defense Bill

May 24, 2018
Press Release
Thompson supports pay raise for American troops, increased readiness, actions to strengthen our nation’s missile defense systems

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, which boosts defense spending, increases military personnel and gives a pay raise to our troops.

NDAA is an annual bill that authorizes some of the most basic and essential responsibilities of Congress – such as funding our Armed Forces and national defenses and paying the salaries of our servicemen and women. It passed by a vote of 351-66.

The bill authorizes $717 billion in defense funding, including $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to fight the Global War on Terror. It also includes a $2.5 billion increase to the missile defense fund to ensure we can protect the homeland from threats posed by advanced, long-range missiles.

“For far too long, our forces have been asked to do too much with too little,” Rep. Thompson said. “The defense authorization provides our armed services with the resources they need to respond to a diverse range of national security threats. It also gives our troops a well-deserved raise, continues to restore our forces to full strength, and ensures that our military is equipped to confront the next generation of threats and challenges. As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day 2018, I am proud to support this bill which improves military agility, effectiveness, and ensures the United States remains the greatest force for peace in the world.”

The NDAA supports necessary increases in topline funding to support our troops and improve readiness, consistent with President Trump’s commitment to rebuild the military.

A 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops is authorized, which is the largest increase in nine years.

The NDAA authorizes increasing the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.

It takes steps toward accomplishing our goal of a 355-ship Navy and modernizes our nation’s air capabilities by authorizing additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

It increases funding for more and better training opportunities for each Service, and for sustaining, restoring, and modernizing facilities and equipment.

This bill makes critical investments in missile defense and nuclear deterrent, which is becoming increasingly important as our adversaries continue to invest in new technologies.

It makes key investments in other critical military capabilities to confront aggression and address threats around the world, including threats from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

The NDAA makes major reforms in Pentagon bureaucracy and streamlines buying practices.