Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), on which she serves, have approved the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 -- legislation to bolster America's defense capabilities to better protect our homeland.
"This bill invests in military readiness and supports efforts to combat the threat of terrorism," said Hartzler. "It ensures that our military can sustain the power needed to defend our people and our country."
"I am pleased that a number of my amendments are included in the final version, including one to make sure all Coast Guard Reservists who are called to active duty under Title 14 are eligible for the same benefits afforded to other Reservists," continued Hartzler. "I am also glad to see approximately $160 million will be headed to Fort Leonard Wood for vital new military construction projects. In addition, the bill continues support for the family of long-range strike bomber programs, including the B-2, whose home is Whiteman Air Force Base."
"There is good news for active and retired military personnel," added Hartzler. "The bill authorizes a troop pay increase of 1.7 percent and extends bonuses and special pay for our men and women in uniform. And there will be no TriCare fee increases charged to those who have risked their lives for the freedoms we enjoy."
"It must also be stated that this bill has NO authorization for a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)," concluded Hartzler. "I have fought against BRAC from the very beginning and am very pleased to see there is NO BRAC authorization in this legislation."
Having been approved by the Armed Services Committee, the Defense Authorization Act now moves to the floor of the House for debate.
Congresswoman Hartzler, a resident of Cass County, serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.