Aug 01 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense, today released the following statement regarding passage of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“Passage of the defense authorization bill this early in the year is a hard-fought achievement for the Senate,” said Senator Shelby. “It is of the utmost importance that we prioritize our national security by properly funding our military and ensuring that they are highly trained and well-equipped to best defend the United States. This is an important step, and I look forward to securing our Defense Department’s funding through the appropriations process.”
On June 11th, the Senate passed its version of the NDAA. Since then, conferees in both the House and the Senate have worked to iron out the differences between their bills. The legislation will now be sent to the President to be signed into law.
The NDAA, which passed by a vote of 87 – 10, authorizes a total of $716 billion for national defense priorities. Specifically, the bill gives our troops a 2.6 percent raise, which is the largest pay increase for our service members in nearly a decade. This bill also aligns policies and resources to assist in implementing this administration’s National Defense Strategy.