A True Salute to our Troops: NDAA FY18WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018:“I am proud to support the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Congressman Gosar. “The men and women that make up the United States Armed Forces put their lives on the line to serve this country, protect our freedom and defend our rights – they deserve our support.“After a half-decade of military spending cuts, I’m proud to say that we’ve switched the script and are granting a 2.4 percent raise to our troops. Additionally, this bill will give our military the tools it needs to defeat our enemies.”Background:From House Armed Services Committee:“For 56 years, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been the primary way in which Congress executes its Article 1 constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.”More than that, the NDAA equips, supplies, and trains our troops; cares for them and their families; and sets national security policy in a dangerous world.“The Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) NDAA meets all of these commitments, while also continuing to reform the way the Department of Defense operates and organizes, equips our troops, and buys goods and services. It begins a much-needed rebuilding after a half-decade of cuts slashed nearly a quarter of the defense budget at the same time the military remained in steady combat.More information about the FY18 NDAA, including specific funding authorizations, can be found HERE
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