Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.
“The FY19 NDAA rebuilds and modernizes America’s military, and ensures our troops and their families get the support they need and deserve. This bill fully funds the highest pay raise for our troops in nine years, and extends special pay and bonuses for our service members in high-demand fields.
“With a budget of $717 billion, this NDAA makes certain that our troops are well-equipped to combat current and emerging threats from adversaries in multiple hostile countries. It restores funding that was severely cut under the Obama Administration and addresses the new threats we face, such as space warfighting, and modern nuclear weapons being developed in countries like Russia, China, and North Korea.
“We are focusing investments on missile defense, naval presence, ground forces, aviation assets, training, and critical munitions levels to ensure that our readiness and response will be unmatched. This bill will also advance Artificial Intelligence research as well as research into hypersonic and directed energy weapons, guaranteeing that we are two steps ahead of our enemies.
“Congress is providing $500 million to continue to develop and produce missile defense systems with Israel, including the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow weapons systems. The bill also establishes a special space command to ensure we are positioned to defend against increasingly hostile adversaries in space.
“This bill restores our nation’s competitive edge in every area of national defense, improves our readiness and capability, and will keep Americans safe. I’m proud to support this vital piece of legislation and look forward to the President signing it into law.”
The FY19 NDAA Includes:
$18.6 billion to begin to rehabilitate and replace worn out Army equipment.
$39.5 billion to alleviate the crisis in military aviation by getting more aircraft in the air and improving the frequency and quality of aviation training.
$36.0 billion to restore America’s strength at sea, including the continued procurement of 2 VIRGINIA class submarines a year.
$23.3 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.
Learn more about the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2019 here.