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Congressman Shuster Named NDAA Conferee

WASHINGTON—Today U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) was named a conferee to negotiate House and Senate differences in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018.

In his capacity as a conferee, Shuster will represent the House Armed Services Committee during negotiations with the Senate in order to reconcile legislative differences between the two chambers. Shuster will play an active role in crafting the final combined bill that will authorize funding for the Department of Defense in FY2018.

“It is a high honor to be chosen by my colleagues in the House to negotiate the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Shuster. “I look forward to working within the conference committee to produce a strong bill that restores our military and addresses the readiness crisis facing our troops.”

A top priority for Shuster will be ensuring his language prohibiting a round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) remains included in the final bill. Some in Congress continue to call for BRAC, which could be detrimental to Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County. Previous rounds of BRAC have cost Letterkenny thousands of jobs while failing to produce significant tangible cost savings.

Shuster will also work to keep the Patriot Inventory Protection Act, legislation he authored, included in the NDAA. The bill would prevent a potentially critical missile-defense shortfall within the Army and has the potential to bring added work to Letterkenny.

The full list of NDAA conferees can be found here.

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