The U.S. House has approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) previously passed by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and her colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). The legislation protects America's national defense while providing for our men and women in uniform. Fittingly, the NDAA passed the House on Flag Day.
"This NDAA holds true to the version that was approved by my colleagues and me on the Armed Services Committee, giving our military the funding it needs to address existing and emerging threats to our country while providing for our men and women in uniform by supporting a 1.8 percent pay raise. It also rejects Defense Department requests for increases in health care fees paid by our military personnel."
"Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, combined, will benefit from more than $100 million in military construction funds approved as part of the base bill," continued Hartzler. "At Fort Leonard Wood this will mean funding for a number of projects including a training barracks complex. Whiteman Air Force Base would receive funding for weapons storage areas and an Army National Guard aircraft maintenance hangar. The House-approved bill also includes a number of initiatives supporting tactical vehicle armor development, 3D integrated circuits, and nanotechnologies, just to name a few, incorporated in the bill."
"I am very pleased the full House kept the HASC-approved language prohibiting the Department of Defense from proposing, planning, or initiating another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)," added Hartzler. "This will go a long way toward easing the concerns of those working at and living near Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. They realize another round of BRAC could harm America's ability to defend itself, waste scarce defense dollars, and result in economic uncertainty for communities near military installations throughout the country."
Having been approved by the full House, the NDAA now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri's Fourth District, home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base.