Congressman John Kline supported the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 315 to 108. The bill, H.R. 1960 serves as the budgetary blueprint for the Pentagon.
"One of my priorities in Congress is championing legislation to support our men and women in uniform, veterans, and their families. I am pleased the national defense bill received bipartisan support from my colleagues in the House," said Kline, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps whose son has served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. "This legislation, including a provision I championed ensuring health care for our veterans, provides critical support for our troops and veterans past and present and programs vital to the defense of our nation."
Included in this year's bill is Kline's provision to ensure our veterans are given the choice they were promised between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Standard health care insurance. In the absence of Kline's provision, many veterans would be automatically enrolled in TRICARE Standard, leaving many retirees unable to cover the increased costs. The bill also maintains Kline's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which provides for a stronger and more resilient ready reserve component.
In addition to Kline's proposals, the legislation contains an annual pay increase for our troops above the president's request and rejects the administration's proposals to dramatically increase TRICARE fees.
Congressman John Kline serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.