Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives has passed H. R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which will authorize funding for the Department of Defense for Fiscal Year 2014. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Shuster has been deeply involved in this bipartisan effort to ensure fiscal sanity in the defense budget while maintaining a strong and capable military.
"This legislation supports and protects our warfighters and their families, giving them the tools they need to defend our nation while preserving taxpayer dollars," says Shuster. "The primary constitutional responsibility of Congress is to provide for the common defense and this legislation is a reflection of how seriously the House of Representatives takes that duty."
Several of Congressman Shuster's amendments were included in the final passage of the NDAA. One amendment of significant importance concludes a long crusade against the wasteful Medium Air Defense System (MEADS) program that was plagued with significant cost overruns. By prohibiting funding for the MEADS program, Shuster's amendment will allow taxpayer dollars to be spent more efficiently on proven missile defense such as the Patriot Missile Program.
"Last year, I authored legislation to eliminate the funding for MEADS and Congress passed the bill and it was signed into law by the president. However, the Obama Administration defied Congress and continued to spend money on this wasteful program. This program is a proven failure and a waste of taxpayer dollars," said Shuster.
The Defense Authorization for FY14 has made controlling costs a top priority including a mandate for an automatic 1.8% annual increase in troop pay. The defense bill will continue investments and oversight for vital systems while preserving our nation's capacity to meet future challenges for the warfighters. The passing of this essential bill ensures that security and safety of this nation.