Tipton Votes to Strengthen U.S. Military Forces, Provide for National Defense
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810), which increase U.S. military readiness, authorizes a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops, reforms the military acquisitions process, and enhances existing cyber security networks. The NDAA passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 344-81.
“One of Congress’ most important duties is to provide for the common defense of the nation. We must ensure our military has the resources it needs to obtain proper equipment, carry out essential training, and respond to evolving threats at home and abroad,” said Tipton. “Foreign adversaries such as North Korea, ISIS, and Iran continue to threaten our nation, and we cannot continue down the path of asking our troops to do more with less. After eight years of cutting back our military, I am confident that this year’s NDAA will restore forces’ readiness and moral.”
The 2018 NDAA reverses cuts to strength numbers and equipment by authorizing an increase of 18,000 Active Duty and Reserve Forces, 3,255 ground vehicles, 368 aircraft, and 16 ships. In addition to the increase in new equipment, the military will receive $1.4 billion to complete overdue facility maintenance, which has been deemed a critical need by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
To increase overall readiness, the NDAA also includes $8 billion for cyber operations and $7.9 to address aircraft maintenance issues. Currently only 50 percent of Navy and Air Force aerial assets are capable of deploying. The bill also strengthens congressional oversight of military acquisitions. In order to bring more efficiency to the process, the NDAA calls for allowing the military to utilize online commercial sites to purchase off-the-shelf goods.
The NDAA will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.