Westerman Votes for National Defense Authorization Act FY18
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement Thursday upon passage of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:
“Acts of terror around the world in recent months are a stark reminder of the threats against a free world,” Westerman said. “That is why I voted today for the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA provides funding for our armed services so they can protect and defend America at home and abroad. Included in this year’s package is a 2.4 percent pay raise for the men and women in our armed services. This bill also provides the resources necessary to support the fight against the Taliban and other terrorist organizations, including the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In Arkansas, this bill would also invest resources at the Highland Industrial Park in East Camden and other facilities in the Fourth Congressional District.”
Following are highlights in the NDAA for FY18:
- The FY18 NDAA provides a total of $631.5 billion for base discretionary requirements and an additional $64.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to support our troops and defend our nation, consistent with the proposed FY18 Budget Resolution.
- The FY18 NDAA provides resources to rebuild our military and restore readiness by funding priorities identified by the military services that will increase end strength, provide additional aircraft, ships, and systems for our warfighter, including:
- 87 F-35s, 22 F/A-18s, 3 Littoral Combat Ships, 3 destroyers, 86 Abrams Tank upgrades, and 93 Bradley Fighting Vehicles
- Authorizes a 2.4% pay raise for the troops and ensures our service members and their families receive the benefits they deserve.
- Increases funding for the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) to support our European allies deter Russia and provides $150 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
- Supports Israel’s missile defense and includes $705 million for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow.
- Continues to reform acquisition at the Pentagon by streamlining the bureaucracy and increasing efficiencies through competition.