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Ross Votes to Fight Terrorism and Support Our Troops

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Washington, July 14, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after voting to pass, H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), which authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other national security programs:

“After a half-decade of deep and dangerous cuts made to our defense budget, we are tackling the readiness crisis facing our troops. We have too many planes that cannot fly, too many ships that cannot sail, and too many soldiers who cannot deploy, while too many security threats are growing and spreading worldwide. The NDAA will change that, and allow Congress to meet its most important constitutional obligation to ‘provide for the common defense.’

“The NDAA improves policy initiatives and authorizes vital funding the U.S. military requires to keep our defense programs running without putting a price tag on American lives and our country’s security. Passing this important legislation today substantially increases our efforts to defeat ISIS, combat global aggressors, and prevent terrorist attacks by equipping our military with the tools needed to devise and execute tactical strategies and enhance our cybersecurity infrastructure.

“We also cannot keep piling missions on our service members without ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed. The NDAA equips, supplies and trains our troops, as well as helps better support them and their families. The men and women who keep us safe are our country’s most valuable asset, and we have a responsibility to provide them the care and pay raise they need, earned and deserve.

“There is no room for political games when it comes to the safety of the American people and those who protect us. Our national security is non-negotiable, and we must stand united in improving it every single day. I am proud and honored to represent thousands of service members in my district, and will continue to ensure they have all they need to defend our homeland and allies.”

The NDAA:

~ Authorizes increasing the size of the U.S. 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.

~ Enhances our defense by modernizing our nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense, and military vehicles; and supporting defensive and offensive cyberspace strategy.

~ Prohibits transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States, and from transferring the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba.

~ Fully funds the 2.4 percent pay raise our troops are entitled to under law. It also extends special pay and bonuses for service members.

~ Blocks the misguided attempt to close military medical facilities upon which deployed troops and their families rely.

~ Provides commonsense resources to help families manage challenges like relocations, including reimbursements for spouse’s obtaining licensing/certification in another state.

~ Builds on the reforms enacted over the past two years with strong bipartisan support: Updated retirement system, improved military health care system, made commissary benefits more efficient and sustainable, overhauled bureaucracy, and made changes to the way the Pentagon buys goods and services.

~ Updates the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit crimes of non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

~ Streamlines bureaucracy, drives efficiency through competition, and gives the Pentagon the tools it needs to make better business decisions.

  • Any funding for services that need to be contracted out will now be submitted through the DOD budget process, forcing the Pentagon to analyze actual needs and spending patterns. Congress will have a better idea of what kinds of services are being contracted and their cost.
  • Improves the way the Pentagon buys commercial off-the-shelf goods, by allowing the DOD to use online commercial sites like Amazon or Grainger, to purchase goods at a lower price, quicker, and in a more transparent process.
  • Reforms contract auditing by using more efficient, cost-effective private sector companies to audit incurred costs to reap real benefits for the taxpayers.


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