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Shuster Votes to Strengthen Military, Give Troops Raise

WASHINGTONThe House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act Thursday. Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) joined his colleagues in voting for the bill, 351 – 66.

“For too long, the brave men and women serving our country in uniform have been subjected to unnecessary risks and accidents due to inadequate funding,” said Congressman Shuster. “Consistent with President Trump’s commitment to rebuild and strengthen the United States military, the National Defense Authorization Act takes critical steps to increase military readiness and gives our troops their largest pay raise in nine years.”

H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, provides $717 billion for the Department of Defense and makes key investments to address worldwide threats from Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. The NDAA also authorizes a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, the largest raise in nine years.

The annual defense funding bill prevents the Pentagon from undertaking an additional round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC), which could be detrimental to Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, there continues to be some support by member of the House and Senate for a new round of BRAC, despite continued questions over actual cost savings and the amount of excess military infrastructure.

Congressman Shuster is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and a perennial selection to the NDAA conference committee, where House Members and Senators negotiate the final defense authorization bill.

“I look forward to the House negotiating with the Senate to agree on a final bill that strengthens national security and protects American warfighters,” said Shuster.