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Mr. McINTYRE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the National Defense Authorization Conference Report. I appreciate the hard work of Chairman McKeon and Ranking Member Smith and that of my counterpart, Chairman Akin, on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, on which I serve as ranking member.
Among other important measures, this report provides a 1.7 percent pay raise, well deserved for our military servicemembers. It authorizes nearly $11 billion, which is almost $160 million more than the President's budget originally requested for our U.S. Special Operations Command, which has been a key component of the war against violent extremists.
And I can tell you, as the cochairman and cofounder of the Special Operations Forces Caucus, and one who represents Fort Bragg, home of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command, and who has constituents who serve at the Marine Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, I am extremely pleased to see this investment in our Special Operations Forces warriors who are often on the front lines during global conflicts.
Also, as ranking member of the Seapower Subcommittee, I'm pleased that the conference report makes real investments in our Nation's sea power by authorizing 10 new ships, a multi-year procurement authority for 10 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and a multi-year procurement authority for 10 Virginia-class submarines, as well as the authority to fund them incrementally.
The incremental funding gives the Navy greater flexibility in funding the new submarines and will take advantage of the savings generated from the Virginia-class attack submarines that continue to come in underbudget.
Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleagues for their hard work on this conference report. We stand up for America's defense and for those that serve our country, and I look forward to its passage on the House floor today.
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