Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House Armed Services Committee have passed the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of committee to better protect the people of the United States and to provide much-needed resources to America's military personnel.
"This NDAA provides our military with the funding it needs to address existing and emerging threats to our country as well as to Americans at home and throughout the world," said Hartzler. "And, it provides for our men and women in uniform by supporting a 1.8 percent pay raise while rejecting Department of Defense requests for increases in TRICARE fees."
"I am very pleased that Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, combined, will benefit from more than $100 million in military construction funds approved as part of the base bill," continued Hartzler. "At Fort Leonard Wood this will mean funding for a number of projects including a training barracks complex. Whiteman Air Force Base would receive funding for weapons storage areas and an Army National Guard aircraft maintenance hangar. I also was pleased to see a number of initiatives supporting tactical vehicle armor development, 3D integrated circuits, and nanotechnologies, just to name a few, incorporated in the bill."
"A component of this Defense bill that will come as good news to those working at and living near Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base is language prohibiting the Department of Defense from proposing, planning, or initiating another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Another round of BRAC could harm America's ability to defend itself, waste scarce defense dollars, and result in an economic crisis for communities near military installations across the land."
Having been approved by the House Armed Services Committee, the NDAA now moves to the full House for its consideration.
In addition to serving on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler also sits on the House Budget and Agriculture Committees.