Tipton Votes in Support of Final 2018 Defense Bill
WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in favor of H.R. 2810, the House-Senate Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). The final bill ensures that our troops have every resource to defend our nation, authorizes the highest allowable pay raise for U.S. troops, and makes important reforms to the military acquisitions process. The House agreed to the report with a bipartisan vote of 356-70.
“After eight years of decreased military spending, we have seen the rise of ISIS and dangerous states like Iran and North Korea become more emboldened,” said Tipton. “In the increasingly volatile world in which we live, it is more important than ever to guarantee the defense of our nation.”
The final 2018 NDAA will allow for nearly $700 billion in defense spending, which will go towards rebuilding active and reserve military forces, as well as the National Guard. The bill will strengthen the missile defense system, improve military facilities and infrastructure and ensure U.S. forces have the training and equipment they need. The bill also requires more oversight of defense contracts to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent judiciously.
The 2018 NDAA will also take care of military families by providing the biggest pay raise for U.S. troops in eight years. Additionally, it will permanently preserve Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance payments that assist the more than 60,000 surviving military spouses.
The final bill also defines the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant Program as a major program within the chemical demilitarization programs of the Department of Defense. The program, conducted at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, destroys WWII-era chemical munitions and chemical material.
“I was proud to support legislation that will ensure military readiness,” Tipton added. “I commend both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees for their great work on this legislation, and I look forward to seeing the 2018 NDAA be signed by the president.”