Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)) today voted in support of H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, which was approved by the House of Representatives. H.R. 4435 authorizes $521.3 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations. Blackburn also secured provisions in the bill to fund the Army Flying Hours program and report language on the impacts of funding reduction on mission-critical infrastructure needs at Army installations like Fort Campbell.
"This legislation is critical to ensuring that our servicemen and women in uniform have the resources, training, and funds they need. The House-passed bill contains $1.54 Billion for the Army's aviation assets which includes the Army Flying Hours Program, which I have routinely championed. The training provided under the Army Flying Hours Program is vital to the success and safety of our aviation units like the 101st Airborne. I strongly support this bill and am grateful for the work of Chairman McKeon and the members of the House Armed Services Committee for their work to ensure our warfighters and their families receive the care and support they have earned and deserve.
"Like many installations across the country, Ft. Campbell is facing reductions that willhave an impact on installation infrastructure and security. If this reduction in funding is left unaddressed it will surely result in higher future costs to American taxpayers to repair these important facilities. That is why I was so pleased to work with the Armed Services Committee this year to include report language on the impacts of funding reductions on mission-critical infrastructure and installation security. I fully believe that our Army infrastructure is a key component to military readiness that must not be forgotten.
"Finally, I was honored to work with my colleague Rep. John Shimkus to include language in this bill that would prevent this administration from giving away U.S. control of the Internet without proper Congressional oversight. America simply cannot surrender its leadership on the world stage to a multi-stakeholder model that's controlled by oppressive foreign governments. It's imperative that this administration reports to Congress as laid out in the DOTCOM Act before they take any steps that would turn over control of the Internet."