WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today. The bill (H.R. 2810) passed the house by a bipartisan vote of 344 to 81. 

“Without fail, the men and women in our military risk their own safety in order to protect Americans, both domestically and abroad. In turn, Congress has an obligation to provide for and protect our service members and their families, which is why I was proud to support this bill,” said Representative Dent. “This year’s NDAA focuses on expanding our military forces, enhancing readiness, and meeting the maintenance needs of all the service branches. The effects of the sequester have had a severe consequence on morale, unit readiness, and basic maintenance for our fleets, equipment, and military installments. This bill authorizes funding to rectify those deficiencies. Additionally,” Dent noted, “we were able to fully fund the 2.4 percent pay raise our troops are entitled to under law.”

The FY18 NDAA fulfills Congress’ Constitutional responsibility to “provide for the common Defense” by setting funding authorization and priorities for the Department of Defense (DOD) and for certain national security related programs within the Department of Energy (DOE). The NDAA allows Congress to set policies and priorities important to our national defense through an extensive amendment process. Over 200 amendments were voted on as part of this year’s bill. 

In addition to more proficient mechanical maintenance and military readiness, the FY18 NDAA also addresses retention issues by extending special pay and bonuses for our service members.

In response to the Marine photo sharing scandal that took place this March, the bill also updates the Uniform Code of Military Justice to protect the privacy of service members from unwanted and unauthorized sharing of intimate images.

“It is imperative that Congress always keeps the safety and well-being of our service members at the forefront of its agenda. This bill reflects that commitment: it strengthens our military, protects and provides for our men and women in uniform, and effectively enhances our national security,” concluded Dent.

For more information about the particulars of the bill, click here.

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