House Passes National Defense Authorization Act
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Roger Marshall released the following statement regarding the House's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act:
"Our military men and women face more threats today than ever before. Time and time again, Members of Congress have failed in equipping and supplying them to meet the multi-faceted threats that face our country. I am glad that we took a large step in rectifying that today.
This fall, the Dagger brigade, stationed at Fort Riley, will travel to Europe for a nine-month deployment, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. This legislation helps ensure readiness for Brigade Combat Teams, such as the Dagger brigade, and gives our troops a much deserved 2.4% military pay raise. It also allows for over 17,000 more Army personnel, and allocates $2.3 billion over the Administration's request for necessary maintenance and repair.
I am particularly pleased that - on a bipartisan basis - we were able to defeat an amendment that would have allowed for a costly and ill-advised Base Realignment and Closure round.
I refuse to send our troops to a gun fight with knives. This legislation helps with that, and I'm proud to have voted in favor of it."
Click here to see the Congressman's speech from Thursday urging passage of NDAA.