ep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, applauded today's passage of H.R.1540, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012.
"This legislation ensures that our troops -- both at home and abroad -- have access to the resources, equipment and training necessary to safely execute their missions," said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. "While we must face reduced funding levels to comply with the Budget Control Act, this legislation will allow us to enhance our national security, modernize our Armed Forces, and invest in the resources needed to protect the United States from current and future threats."
This bill brings the total authorized funding for National Defense FY2012 to $554 billion for the base budget and $115.5 billion for overseas contingency programs. Approximately $530 billion will be allocated to the Department of Defense. The budget authorizes continued funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"As a former member of the House Armed Services Committee and a representative of military families at Fairchild Air Force Base and across Eastern Washington, I am committed to ensuring that our national defense remains a top priority and that our servicemembers and their families have access to the resources they need."