Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) continued her efforts to strengthen our nation's military and provide the necessary support to our brave servicemen and servicewomen by voting in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014, which passed with bipartisan support.
"It is vital we ensure that our troops, both at home and abroad, have access to the proper equipment and necessary training to safely execute their missions," said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. "This legislation will allow us to enhance our national security, modernize our Armed Forces, including making critical investments in key programs, like the Air Force's KC-46A refueling tanker, and invest in the resources needed to protect the United States from current and future threats.
"The NDAA also seeks to combat sexual assault in the military by including provisions that promote reporting, prosecuting, and preventing retaliation. Sexual assault will not be tolerated and has no place in our Armed Forces," said Rep. McMorris Rodgers.
Consistent with the House Budget, the bill authorizes $552 billion in spending for national defense efforts and operations and $85.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.
Rep. McMorris Rodgers continues, "As a former member of the House Armed Services Committee and a representative of military families at Fairchild Air Force Base and across Eastern Washington, I am committed to ensuring that our national defense remains a top priority and that our service members and their families have access to the resources they need."