National Defense Authorization Act Passes the House
Click here or on the image above to see Congresswoman Hartzler speak in support of the FY19 NDAA.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives voted to advance the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a bipartisan vote of 351 - 66. This bill authorizes funds for America’s national defense and provides our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to meet evolving threats around the globe. As a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler played in instrumental role in drafting the FY 19 NDAA.
“For years I have been fighting to increase funding for our military, and the two-year budget deal passed earlier this year paved the way for me and my colleagues to craft this bipartisan piece of legislation,” Hartzler said. “This bill will provide our men and women in uniform with much needed funding to chip away at the severe readiness crisis that has plagued all corners of the military. Our troops selflessly protect our nation from threats every day, and it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure they have sufficient equipment and training to respond to those threats. This bill does just that.”
Congresswoman Hartzler, who serves as Chairwoman of the committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, worked diligently to include several provisions related to the subcommittee’s work to protect sensitive military information. “I am proud of the provisions included in this bill that combat efforts by our adversaries seeking to gain unauthorized access to highly sensitive military technology. The bill also works to tackle security clearance reciprocity issues as the defense security clearance background investigation process is transferred from the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense,” Hartzler said.
Congresswoman Hartzler also offered a bipartisan amendment to ensure federal agencies do not purchase Chinese-made surveillance cameras.
“We must face the reality that the Chinese-government is using every avenue at its disposal to target the United States, including expanding the role of Chinese companies in the U.S. domestic communications and public safety sectors. Video surveillance and security equipment sold by Chinese companies exposes the U.S. government to significant vulnerabilities and my amendment will ensure that China cannot create a video surveillance network within federal agencies.”
Congresswoman Hartzler also offered a bipartisan amendment to ensure military installations have the tools necessary to interdict small drones that may pose a risk to the safety and security of base facilities and personnel. She noted the amendment expands authorities granted in past years to ensure that mobility airlift bases, such as Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, are able to protect themselves from rogue or unauthorized drones. Allowing military installations to use the appropriate technology to interdict a threatening drone helps ensure that potential threats are removed safely and effectively with little effect on the surrounding populations.
Hartzler added that the NDAA also has key provisions for Missouri and for national defense:
- Authorizes 24 additional F-18 Super Hornets to address the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall.
- Fully funds the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base.
- Supports funding for critical B-2 modernization programs to ensure the bomber fleet maintains its long range strike capability until the B-21 is operational.
- Provides funding for A-10 modifications to guarantee that the A-10 fleet, including those at Whiteman, will continue to be operational.
- Raises the Air National Guard control grade cap to help the Missouri Air National Guard fill much needed positions.
- Increases the Army’s active duty end strength by 4,000 for a total of 487,500 soldiers, which means more soldiers will be trained at Fort Leonard Wood.
- Authorizes funding for the continued development of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency complex in St. Louis.
- Supports funding for engine upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.
- Provides much needed support for the Army’s Ammunition Production Plant like the one at Lake City.
Congresswoman Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District – home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base.
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