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Rep. Hice Delivers Military Power

“Keeping America safe, our allies assured, and our enemies deterred”

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Washington, July 14, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, by a vote of 344 – 81. The NDAA authorizes funding for the U.S. Department of Defense, establishes our national security priorities for the next fiscal year, and provides crucial resources for service members and their families.

“Just think about the threats that America faces, most especially from ISIS and the pursuit of nuclear technology by Iran and North Korea,” said Congressman Hice. “While no one can predict the future with clarity, our national security is the fundamental responsibility of the federal government. It’s our duty to build a 21st century military that’s capable of confronting these evolving threats.”

“We need to bolster our military capabilities – not further degrade them,” Hice continued. “This year’s NDAA gains ground in our efforts to close the readiness gap by modernizing and fully funding our Armed Forces, while developing an effective framework to counter terrorism. Simply put, an innovative, flexible, and agile military force is vital to keeping America safe, our allies assured, and our enemies deterred. With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, we’ve taken a step in the right direction.”

Hice spoke in opposition to an amendment offered by Representative Jared Polis (D-CO), which would mandate a one percent reduction in defense spending, except for personnel and health accounts.

The full speech can be found here

Hice also delivered remarks in favor of amendments offered by Representatives Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Robert Pittenger (R-NC), which would prohibit the U.S. Department of Defense from contracting with telecommunication companies found to be complicit with North Korean cyberattacks or any Chinese company found to be providing support for the North Korean regime. Additionally, Hice praised an amendment offered by Representative Mike Bishop (R-MI), which calls upon President Trump to encourage our NATO allies to fulfill their commitments and recognize those allies that currently meet them.

Specifically, the bill:

·         Boosts defense spending by 10 percent from FY’17 levels to $696.1 billion;

·         Properly funds a 2.4% pay raise our troops;

·         Provides $203.5 million for military construction projects in Georgia at Fort Benning in Columbus, Fort Gordon in Augusta, Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, and Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany;

·         Authorizes a recapitalization of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) and the acquisition of 87 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and 20 C-130Js, both of which are assembled in Marietta, Georgia at a facility adjacent to Dobbins Air Reserve Base;

·         Fully funds cyber operations at $8 billion, including the U.S. Army's Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon;

·         Increases missile defense funding by $2.5 billion to help ensure we can protect the homeland from threats posed by advanced, long-range missiles;

·         Maintains restrictions against transferring detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the United States; and

·         Approves requests from the Army, Navy, and Air Force for additional personnel.

For a comprehensive summary of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY’18, click here.

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