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Rep. Ratcliffe votes to support military and boost national security

Washington, DC, May 24, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted today for the passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which boosts support for the military, enhances national defense capabilities and provides the largest military pay raise in nine years at 2.6 percent.

The bill authorizes a total of $639.1 billion in funding necessary to restore adequate readiness for U.S. armed forces, protect the homeland from rapidly evolving threats and provide troops with the resources they need. This includes $69 billion for Global War on Terror and Overseas Contingency Operations.

“As a member of Congress, it’s my job to ensure we provide for the common defense – and that means equipping our military with the very best defense capabilities in the world, as they selflessly fight to protect our homeland,” Ratcliffe said.

“With the growing threats posed by Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, we can’t afford to neglect the critical investments we need to rebuild America’s military – a priority I’m grateful the Trump administration is working with us to advance.”

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes the following notable provisions:

  • Increases pay for service members by 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 support for Israel by funding 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