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Upton Applauds Passage of Critical Defense Bill

Legislation includes largest pay raise for our troops in six years

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Washington, December 2, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 375-34.  

“Supporting our national defense, our active duty military personnel, and their families is of the utmost importance. Right here in Southwest Michigan we not only have active military instillations and soldiers who require the resources and equipment authorized, but also many families who depend on this legislation to provide consistency in their daily lives. This bipartisan legislation enhances our military readiness and includes the largest pay raise for our troops in six years, while also alleviating any bonus recoupment activities for our National Guard members who volunteered to serve during a time of need. Also of great importance, we maintain status quo on prohibiting the closure and the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States and elevate U.S. Cyber defense to a unified Combatant Command to protect against emerging cyber threats. I was proud to support this bipartisan legislation and look forward to its swift passage in the Senate.”

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.” It advances the vital funding and authorities America’s military requires to protect our nation and the brave men and women serving around the globe. Today’s vote was the Conference Report to H.R. 4909, which passed the House in May with a vote of 277-147 and S. 2943, which passed the Senate in June with a vote of 85-13.

The NDAA supports $619 billion for national defense, which exceeds President Obama’s original budget request. 

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