McKinley Votes to Rebuild Military, Strengthen National Defense

House Passes Defense Funding Bill That Makes Strong Investments in America’s Military

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Washington, May 24, 2018 | comments
Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This bipartisan bill delivers on President Trump and Republicans’ promise to rebuild America’s military and strengthen our national defense. The legislation builds on previous investments in our nation’s military that were made in March through the bipartisan spending deal.
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Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This bipartisan bill delivers on President Trump and Republicans’ promise to rebuild America’s military and strengthen our national defense. The legislation builds on previous investments in our nation’s military that were made in March through the bipartisan spending deal.

“For too long, our military has been severely underfunded. With a growing number of threats abroad, it was time to give our soldiers the resources needed to carry out their mission. This bipartisan bill delivers on our promise to the American people to rebuild our military and invest in our national security. This bill gives our troops a much-needed pay raise, increases funding for training, funds the purchase of new equipment, makes critical investments in our missile defense and nuclear deterrent systems, and advances the development of advanced military technologies,” said McKinley.

“Earlier this year, Congress took the first step in the spending deal towards rebuilding our military. This vote is a continuation of that work,” McKinley added.

Background
H.R. 5515 delivers on Republicans’ promise to rebuild America’s military and invest in our nation’s national security. The bill:
• Provides a pay raise of 2.6% for our troops (largest in 9 years).
• Streamlines Pentagon buying practices, saving taxpayer resources.
• Increases funding to rebuild our military and support readiness recovery.
o Increases funding for training in each of the Services.
o $18.5 billion to begin to rehabilitate and replace worn out Army equipment.
o $39.4 billion to begin to overcome the crisis in military aviation by getting more aircraft in the air.
o $36.0 billion to restore America’s strength at sea.
o $23.3 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.
• Makes critical investments in missile defense and our nuclear deterrent systems.
• Authorizes funding for co-development and co-production of missile defense and weapons systems with our key ally, Israel.
• Advances innovative technologies that will reform the way we will fight and win wars.
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