Delaney Votes for National Defense Authorization Bill
WASHINGTON – Today the House passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the bill, which is a comprehensive package of bipartisan measures strengthening deterrence efforts against Russian aggression, authorizes a 2.4% pay raise for the military, and authorizes increases in military end strength and ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS. The bill also addresses military readiness gaps by authorizing $3.6 billion in additional operations and maintenance funds for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
The NDAA Conference Report is the final version of the bill that reflects the input of both the House and Senate. The Report updates the Uniform Code of Military Justice to include new protections against military sexual assault, includes landmark language stating that climate change is a direct threat to U.S. national security and strengthens U.S. cybersecurity efforts. The bill also includes provisions that Congressman Delaney has supported and successfully added to the House passed NDAA to forestall the closing of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) on Fort Detrick. The bill also features measures to reform the Small Business Administration’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program, protecting local jobs in Garrett County, Maryland.
“There’s nothing more fundamental than providing for the national defense and making sure that the homeland is safe,” said Congressman Delaney. “This is an area that our constituents, above all else, demand that we focus on. I am proud to vote for a military pay raise and important measures to improve readiness, deter Russian aggression, defeat ISIS and boost our cybersecurity. This isn’t a perfect bill, but this is the product of a thoughtful and deliberative bipartisan process that kept partisan point scoring to a minimum. This is how big bills like this are supposed to work, reflecting rounds of input and amendments from both chambers.”