House Armed Services passes defense bill out of committee

(Washington, DC) – The House Armed Services Committee early June 29 moved out of committee the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), annual legislation that determines policies and funding levels for the U.S. Department of Defense and other national security entities.  Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler played a key role in advancing policies to strengthen our military.

“The defense of our nation continues to be my top priority, and the 2018 National Defense Authorization bill takes significant steps to address the serious readiness crisis in our country, ensuring our troops have the resources, training, and capabilities needed to face the growing threats of today,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who serves as the Chairwoman of the committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee which oversees the Administration’s defense policies and ensures accountability within the Department of Defense. “I am proud that Missouri’s bases and defense industrial base will continue to be a leader in our national security efforts as evidenced by several provisions within this bill I advocated for,” added Hartzler, who this year entered her fourth term on the defense committee.

Missouri specific provisions within the NDAA include:

– Acquisition of over 20 F-18’s

– Additional impact aid assistance for Ft. Leonard Wood and Whiteman area schools

– Full funding of the B-21 program

– Modernization of the Defense Management System for the B-2 at Whiteman AFB

– Funding for Phase 1 of a new hospital facility at Fort Leonard Wood

– Funding support for the Army’s Ammunition Production Plant like the one located at Lake City

“The defense authorization bill now moves to the House floor for consideration and I am confident that we will be able to move this legislation forward in a bi-partisan manner,” added Hartzler.