U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today voted for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which ends nearly a half-decade of cuts to our military and begins to rebuild, reduce wasteful Pentagon spending, and support our troops and their families. The FY18 NDAA passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 344 to 81.
“Last week, I traveled to the Middle East and met with leaders of Jordan, Egypt, and Israel. These meetings only further solidified my view that now is not the time to continue cuts to our national defense,” said Davis. “Our number one priority must be keeping Americans safe and that cannot be done without a strong national defense. One of the biggest changes made in this NDAA is it increases missile defense funding so we can protect our country against long-range missile threats. With recent escalations by North Korea, building up this defense is more important than ever. This bill begins to rebuild our military, reduce Pentagon waste, and better support our troops and their families.”
Highlights of the FY18 NDAA include:
Rebuilding - Increases defense spending by 10 percent.
- Enhances our nuclear weapons stockpile and increases missile defense funding so we can protect ourselves from long-range missile threats.
- Provides a requested size increase for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve.
- Prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S.
- Streamlines bureaucracy within the Pentagon to make better business decisions.
- Adds oversight to service contracts to force the Pentagon to analyze actual needs and spending patterns.
- Allows the DOD to use commercial sites like Amazon or Grainger to save taxpayer dollars, receive goods quicker, and be more transparent.
- Reforms contract auditing by using private-sector companies to audit incurred costs to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.
Supporting Our Troops
- Fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops.
- Provides resources to help military families manage relocation assignments.