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Rep. Ratcliffe votes for final passage of critical national defense bill

Washington, DC, July 26, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted today for the final passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill contains $708.1 billion to boost military readiness and rebuilding efforts, combat global terrorism and enact the largest military pay raise in nine years.

As a member of the 2019 NDAA Conference Committee, Ratcliffe was a key player in ensuring that the military’s top priorities were retained in final version of the 2019 NDAA, which will soon be sent to President Trump’s desk.

“In today’s world, providing for the common defense encompasses an increasingly broad range of threats at both our physical and our digital borders. Hostile nation states, violent terrorist groups and bad actors are developing progressively sophisticated weaponry and technologies at every turn – and we must keep pace,” Ratcliffe said. 

“The 2019 NDAA we just passed is consistent with President Trump’s plan to revitalize America’s military, so we can continue protecting the citizens of this great country as the Constitution demands. I look forward to his swift signature of this important bill into law.”

The 2019 NDAA includes the following key provisions:

  • Implements the largest military pay raise in nine years at 2.6 percent
  • Blocks Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers to the United States
  • Enhances military capabilities needed to combat terrorism and radical Islamist extremists
  • Increases the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard
  • Strengthens alliance with Israel through co-development and co-production of missile defense and weapons systems
  • Prioritizes cybersecurity by supporting defensive and offensive cyberspace strategies
  • Supports the long-term viability of America’s military installations
  • Declines to authorize Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
  • Includes funding to rehabilitate and replace worn out military equipment, and to rebuild military infrastructure
  • Makes critical investments in missile defense and America’s nuclear deterrent

Click here for more information on the 2019 NDAA.