Congressman John Kline voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), bipartisan legislation that serves as the annual budgetary blueprint for the Pentagon, which today passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 315-107.
"It is an honor and a privilege to play a direct role in crafting and passing legislation that supports our troops, veterans, and their families," said Kline, a 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps whose son has served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. "This bipartisan legislation provides the care and support our troops and their families deserve, as well as the resources our men and women in uniform need to confront the challenges facing our nation."
Kline, who was selected to participate in bipartisan, bicameral negotiations to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of the bill, ensured a nationwide expansion of the Minnesota National Guard's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" reintegration program was included in the NDAA. Also included were provisions championed by Kline that cut through bureaucratic delays to provide members of the Minnesota National Guard the post deployment benefits they earned -- ensuring promises made to our men and women in uniform are promises kept.
The NDAA Conference Report also:
Authorizes a pay increase and extends bonus and special pay for our men and women in uniform.
Prevents proposed increases to TRICARE fees for service members.
Reauthorizes vital authorities for commanders on the ground in Afghanistan as they transition authority to the Afghan people.
Invests in capabilities necessary to meet future military challenges.