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Defense Spending Bill Passes House, Includes Shuster Legislation

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives has passed the Conference Report to H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, by a vote of 356-70. U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) voted in favor of the report, which he helped negotiate as a core conferee.

The annual spending bill authorizes nearly $700 billion for the Department of Defense and a 2.4% pay raise for troops, the largest in eight years. Congressman Shuster, who was selected as a core conferee in October, said the bill addresses the readiness crisis within the military.

“This bill is the result of a lengthy, bipartisan process to ensure the United States military’s needs are properly met,” said Congressman Shuster, a senior member of the House Armed Service Committee. “The final NDAA is a strong bill which supports our troops and their families, rebuilds our military, and benefits Letterkenny Army Depot. I’m proud of the work we’ve done as a committee and a Congress to restore and strengthen the national defense.”

Congressman Shuster’s standalone bill, the Patriot Inventory Protection Act (PIPA), was included in the conference report that will be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature after Senate passage. PIPA has the potential to bring years of added work to Letterkenny Army Depot and prevent a possible missile-defense shortfall within the Army.

The conference report includes a prohibition of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC), which Congressman Shuster successfully included in the bill during the committee markup.

The NDAA conference report can be found here and the summary of the report can be found here.  

The Senate is expected to vote on the conference report later this week.

 

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