Hice Statement on House Passage of FY’19 National Defense Authorization Act
Includes New Hice Amendment to Limit Presidential Pensions
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today applauded the House passage of H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The bill authorizes $639.1 billion in base spending, disburses $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), and includes a number of provisions important to Georgia.
“Keeping our Nation safe from the many threats facing us today, whether they be from state actors or terrorists, is the fundamental responsibility of the federal government,” said Congressman Hice. “This year’s NDAA builds on the momentum to close the readiness gap and reform our military after a decade of devastating cuts to defense spending. I’m grateful for the work of the many people involved in crafting this legislation to ensure that our men and women in uniform have access to the resources they need to combat the most complex and unpredictable challenges of our time.”
“Given the substantial impact of the military in my local community and economy, I am pleased that this NDAA holds significant gains for Georgia and recognizes the state’s important role in safeguarding our national security,” Hice continued.
Priorities benefitting Georgia include $99 million for a Cyber Instructional Facility at Fort Gordon in Augusta, $13.6 million for a Navy Reserve Training Center at Fort Benning in Columbus, and $31.9 million for a Welding and Body Repair Shop Facility at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.
The House also adopted an amendment offered by Representative Hice to the FY’19 NDAA to limit the pensions of former presidents, update the pensions of surviving spouses, and reduce the allowances provided for post-presidential expenditures by amending the Former Presidents Act of 1958.
“Between movie contracts and book deals, most of our former commanders-in-chief are far from being strapped for cash,” Hice added. “The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act implements a fair way to reduce taxpayer support to those former presidents who simply do not need such assistance.”
Additionally, two provisions authored by Representative Hice to strengthen cyber education were adopted during the HASC committee mark-up on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
The FY’19 NDAA also:
· Provides our troops with a 2.6% pay raise, the largest in nine years;
· Includes a breakthrough recapitalization strategy of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) and advanced battle management systems;
· 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.
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