Hartzler on Markup of the National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement after passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of the House Armed Services Committee early this morning.
“For the past several years, Congress has come together in a bi-partisan fashion to help restore military readiness for our Armed Forces. Unfortunately, this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) falls severely short in meeting these standards. Under the new Democratic leadership this NDAA fails to deliver the capabilities needed and requested by the Department of Defense by cutting $17 billion worth of key military assets including F-15C spares and repair parts, Navy hypersonic development, critical ammunition and munitions programs and the Air Force Next Generation Air Dominance program. Additionally, the legislation restricts the military’s ability to help with border security, cuts funding for nuclear modernization programs and prohibits funds for the deployment of a low-yield ballistic missile warhead. The legislation fails to address many critical defense capabilities, and it is for these reasons that I chose not to support this bill.
“The committee missed an opportunity to continue the progress we have made over the years to restore readiness and modernize our military to keep pace with the Russians and Chinese. I am hopeful when we get to the House floor we will be able to make changes that are needed to provide a defense bill that appropriately addresses our concerns.”
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is the Republican leader on the Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee. For the latest official portrait of Congresswoman Hartzler, please click here.