Hartzler Praises Passage of Defense Funding Authorization
WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, on Friday voted to authorize national defense funding for 2017. The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and other national security interests, from troop pay to new equipment to maintenance on existing buildings.
According to Hartzler, the bill is the work of lawmakers fulfilling their foremost duty as representatives of the people. “Providing for the common defense is our primary obligation, and for 55 years straight, the NDAA has shown that providing for our troops transcends partisanship. We understand the importance of making sure the brave men and women fighting to defend our freedoms have the resources they need to complete the missions we ask them to take on,” Hartzler said.
After the House of Representatives and Senate each passed their own versions of the bill, a number of lawmakers from each chamber, including Hartzler, were selected to reconcile the two bills and produce a single bill that both sides of Capitol Hill agree on.
“There are a number of provisions I am pleased to see in the final bill,” Hartzler said. “We pushed to make sure we authorized a full 2.1 percent pay raise for our troops – something they greatly deserve. A majority of our other efforts focused on our military’s declining readiness and need for force restoration.”
The result of these negotiations meant some provisions were not included in the final bill, however. “The House bill included additional F/A-18 Super Hornets to address a significant strike fighter shortfall in our Navy,” Hartzler pointed out. “I am greatly disappointed they are not included in the final bill; but I am optimistic we can correct this with a supplemental funding measure from the new Administration,” she stressed.
Overall, Hartzler is pleased with the bill. “We were able to increase the end strength of our forces across the board, which means more soldiers will be trained at Fort Leonard Wood before going on to their duty stations. I also worked to secure funding for Army ammunition plants, such as the Lake City plant in Missouri, that are in dire need of maintenance and modernization.”
Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. In addition to serving on the House Armed Services Committee, she also serves on the Agriculture and Budget Committees.
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