WASHINGTON – Following House passage of the conference report to accompany the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA), House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (AR-03) and Representative Jack Bergman (MI-01) released statements of support. On behalf of the House Budget Committee, Chairman Womack and Representative Bergman served as conferees in the bipartisan, bicameral NDAA negotiations that produced the report approved on the floor today.
“I am pleased that members of the House reaffirmed our commitment to the nation’s brave defenders and warfighters,” said Chairman Womack. “With global and domestic threats ever increasing, we cannot fail to invest in and provide for those who willingly go into harm’s way to protect and preserve freedom. I am encouraged that the NDAA Conference Report ensures our service members have the best resources, training, and support so that they are fully equipped and ready to complete each and every mission.”
“Providing for the common defense is the number one constitutional duty of Congress, and the fiscal year 2019 NDAA will give our men and women in uniform the resources they need to successfully defend our nation and our allies,” said Representative Bergman. “Having served in the Marine Corps, I’m well aware of the dangers and threats our country faces on a daily basis. Whether a geo-political foe or a terrorist organization, our enemies around the world must be aware that the United States Military is equipped, trained, and prepared to meet their aggressions with unmatched force.”
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’s report resolved the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Upon approval of the report by both chambers of Congress, the legislation will be sent to the desk of the President.