Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-09) is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which will authorize funding for the Department of Defense for Fiscal Year 2013. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Shuster has been deeply involved in this bipartisan effort that will rebuild the military after a decade at war and prepare our armed forces for future challenges of a dangerous world.
"Our focus has been to ensure fiscal sanity in the defense budget while maintaining a strong and capable military. The primary constitutional responsibility of Congress is to provide for the common defense and this legislation is a reflection of how seriously the House of Representatives takes that duty."
Shuster's work on the NDAA is highlighted by his efforts as a Chairman of the Panel in Business Challenges in the Defense Industry. This special panel spent six months examining the difficulties small and medium sized businesses face when working with the Department of Defense and provided dozens of ideas for reform. Shuster's recommendations were integrated into this year's NDAA and will fight the red tape and bureaucracy that is getting in the way of innovation, efficiency and jobs.
"Small businesses provide a unique combination of innovation and cost savings to the Department of Defense. We need to find ways to successfully incorporate businesses of all sizes into the defense industry in order to get the best products for the best price."
In addition to his work on the Small Business Defense Panel, Shuster supported numerous initiatives that will provide the necessary resources for our war fighters and their families. This year's NDAA rejects the President's proposal to drastically increase veteran TRICARE fees and safeguards the promises made to those who have served our nation.
"This plan takes a hard look at the rising costs of health care and does not put the full weight of budget cuts on the backs of our military."
This year's NDAA also includes civil liberty protections that will make clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that every American has the right to Habeas Corpus. It protects the rights of all Americans while still allowing our government to go after terrorist forces such as Al Qaeda.
"We can't forget that we are a nation that is still at war in Afghanistan and face daily threats to our national security. This legislation is a strong statement about supporting our military and I am proud of my role in drafting is as a member to of the House Armed Services Committee," said Shuster.