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Rep. Taylor Votes to Pass NDAA for FY 18

November 14, 2017
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202) 225-4215

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 in accordance with the House and Senate Conference Report. Previous versions of the bill were passed in the House and Senate earlier this year with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill authorizes funds for base budget requirements of $626 billion and $66 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund, including $8 billion for other defense activities. The bill specifically authorizes a 2.4% pay raise for troops and enhances troop retention by extending necessary special pay and bonuses for service members. It also permanently preserves special survivor indemnity allowance payments to surviving military spouses. The FY18 NDAA also implements major reforms in Pentagon buying practices, such as allowing the military to purchase commercial products through online, e-commerce sites, and increases oversight into service contracts, which comprise a significant portion of Department of Defense (DoD) spending.

Included in the FY18 NDAA is authorization for funding for important military construction projects throughout Virginia’s Second Congressional District including:

  • $18.5 million to replace hazardous materials warehouse, Norfolk Naval Station                                                                                                                              

  • $23 million for a special operations training facility, Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story                                                                                             

  • $36.3 million for bachelor enlisted quarters, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station                                                                                                                                 

  • $34.6 million for magazine recap, Norfolk Naval Station                                                                                                                                                                         

  • $2.5 million for electrical upgrades at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story                                                                                                                                                                 

  • $29.2 million for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations facility expansion, Dam Neck                                                                                        

  • 34 million for an aircraft maintenance instruction building, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story         

                                                                                                          

"The world has grown more dangerous, our military is still playing catch up from the last decade of adverse policies,” said Congressman Scott Taylor. “As a result, we have grown accustomed to expecting more from less. However, maintaining military readiness and ensuring our troops are properly paid and equipped are not places where we should cut corners. The critical authorizations for funding provided in this bill ensures America will continue to be a global leader and demonstrates our commitment to our Nation’s defense by giving troops a well-deserved pay raise, updating equipment, and funding essential military projects.”

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