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REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS, HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER, SHAPES NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL, MOVING TO WHITE HOUSE FOR SIGNATURE

Nov 30, 2017
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NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION MOVES TO WHITE HOUSE, STRENGTHENS U.S. DEFENSE

HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS SHAPES LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018, a bipartisan House-Senate agreement to increase troop numbers, pay, benefits, training, and national security. The legislation will travel to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature, before it becomes law.

            Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, responsible for drafting the annual NDAA, which sets military policy and spending levels, described today’s ceremony in the Capitol as a major step towards fulfilling his, and the Commander-in-Chief’s promise, to “Make America Strong Again.”

            The 2018 NDAA raises defense spending levels to restore depleted troop levels, as well as air, sea and land fleets, necessary to protect Americans at home and abroad. “Our adversaries, such as Russia, Iran and China, have responded to budget uncertainty and military cuts with technological and geographic advances in Europe and Asia,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04).

            “Providing for the common defense is the federal government’s number-one responsibility,” he said, explaining Congress must now appropriate funding, requiring congressional Democrats to cease demands for equal increases in domestic discretionary spending.

            “The NDAA makes important changes to Defense Department acquisitions and auditing that would save taxpayers billions of dollars. I’d like to see the same enthusiasm for eliminating bureaucracy and waste at federal agencies without the same constitutional mandate or dangerous mission,” said the Congressman.

            He represents a district at the heart of the Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor including Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base, Redstone Arsenal and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where hypersonic, nuclear and unmanned aerial vehicle research and testing take place. Rep. Desjarlais worked to make improvements to those programs in the NDAA.