LaMalfa Supports Passage of National Defense Authorization Act
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass H.R.2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). This bill rebuilds military readiness, provides for troops and their families, modernizes the U.S. military arsenal, and reforms many of the Pentagon’s policies.
LaMalfa said: “Without question, the United States has the finest military in the world, but today, our military is in a readiness crisis. The past six years have seen the budget drastically reduced while tensions around the world continue to rise. The public concerns of Defense Secretary Mattis are alarming, to say the least. We ask more of our armed forces each day, but have failed to supply them with the resources, equipment, and troops they need to be successful. This bill will increase the size of our army, modernize equipment, and ensure our troops are outfitted with the best technology available. Most importantly, adequate funding is provided to bring our military readiness back to acceptable levels. It is the constitutional obligation of Congress to ‘provide for the common defense.’ This legislation provides the funding our military needs in a cost-effective and efficient manner, and I strongly support it.”
Highlights of the $695.9 billion spending bill are as follows:
The NDAA increases readiness for our military
- Increases the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
- Increases funding for maintenance for all Services, for increased training opportunities, and for sustaining, restoring, and modernizing facilities.
- Provides for U.S. involvement and support for efforts in strategic regions around the world.
- Modernizes our nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense, and military vehicles.
- Includes $7.9 billion for aviation readiness, $5.9 billion for increased naval presence, $5.7 billion for ground forces, $2.3 billion for facilities maintenance, $2.5 billion for missile defense, and $8 billion for cyber operations.
The NDAA provides resources for our troops
- Fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops.
- Prohibits closure of military medical facilities upon which our deployed troops and their families rely.
- Provides resources to help families manage relocations.
The NDAA reforms Pentagon policies
- Prohibits transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States, and from transferring the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba.
- Forces the Pentagon to more closely analyze needs and spending patterns by requiring funding for services that need to be contracted out to be submitted through the Department of Defense (DOD) budget process.
- Allows the DOD to use online sites, such as Amazon, to get commercial goods more cheaply, more quickly, and in a more transparent manner.
Included in the bill was an amendment by Rep. LaMalfa requesting the United States Air Force (USAF) halt rehabilitation of the Over-The-Horizon Backscatter (OTHB) Rader Site located in Modoc National Forest in Modoc County, CA. The site has not been active since 1991 and is being returned to the original condition of the land prior to the USAF leasing it. Halting this process would save taxpayer money, save USAF resources, and allow Modoc County to use existing infrastructure for economic development purposes.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.