WASHINGTON – House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (AR-03) and Budget Committee member Representative Jack Bergman (MI-01) issued the following statements after receiving appointments from Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on the conference committee tasked with reconciling differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA). Chairman Womack and Representative Bergman will represent the House Budget Committee’s jurisdictional areas in the bicameral negotiations.
“I am honored to be tapped to this important effort on behalf of our brave defenders around the world,” said Chairman Womack. “With ever present threats to our national security at home and abroad, it is critical that we always make the best resources, training, and support available to our men and women in uniform. As we move into these negotiations to strengthen and invest in our military, I am confident that we can ensure those who willingly to go into harm’s way are equipped and ready to face each mission and defeat every enemy to protect America’s freedom.”
“The National Defense Authorization Act is essential to the security and defense of the United States and our allies. As a member of the House Budget Committee and a retired Marine Lt. General, I fully understand the importance of our national defense,” said Representative Bergman. “I’m honored to represent the House Budget Committee alongside Chairman Womack during conference. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure passage of the fiscal year 2019 NDAA.”
The National Defense Authorization Act is legislation that must be reported out of the House and Senate Armed Service Committees each year and signed into law to authorize funding for the nation’s troops. The House passed its version of the fiscal year 2019 NDAA on May 24, 2018, while the Senate passed a different version of the legislation on June 18, 2018. The conference committee is charged with resolving the differences between Senate and House versions of the bill for approval by both Chambers before the legislation is sent to the desk of the President.