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House Passes National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report with Moulton Amendments

November 14th, 2017

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report with Moulton Amendments

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the final conference report for H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and other related agencies for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill will now proceed to the White House for the president’s signature. In a floor speech this afternoonCongressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), member of the House Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said the following:

“I am concerned that this administration is failing to confront the threats our country faces like Russia so I’m encouraged this bill includes a package of measures to deter Russia, including U.S. training and support for our European allies, a plan for additional sanctions on Russia linked to treaty violations, as well as a requirement for the administration to develop a strategy to counter Russia over the long term.

“Too often, big bills like this forget the troops on the ground, but this bill raises military pay by two and a half percent and takes action on specific concerns raised to me and my team by requiring a study on improving opioid prescription practices as well as additional mental health care for those transitioning out of active duty.”

This bill contains important funding provisions that are beneficial to Massachusetts and the Sixth District, including:

  • $49.7 million in funding for MIT Lincoln Labs that enables this Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), located in the Sixth District, to continue conducting critical research on advanced technologies such as microchips, outer space, cybersecurity, and next generation communications, among others.
  • $11.4 million for critical upgrades to the Vandenberg Gate at Hanscom Air Force Base to ensure the safety and security of base personnel while providing efficient base access.
  • Continued funding for vital programs managed at Hanscom Air Force Base such as $417 million for recapitalization of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) and language supportive of the program and the war fighter.
  • $29.6 million for the Defense Innovation Unit – Experimental (DIUx), which, with sites in Palo Alto, Boston, and now Austin, as it continues to make important advances in getting new technologies to our warfighters in the field.

 

In addition, Moulton led on key amendments contained in the final bill text that are critical to our national security and defense, including:

  • Requirement for a Syria strategy: This amendment requires a comprehensive political and military strategy for U.S. policy in Syria to be submitted by the Departments of Defense and State to Congress and the American people within 90 days of enactment.
  • Requirement for a post-conflict strategy in Syria: This amendment requires the President of the United States  to submit a comprehensive Syria strategy including diplomatic, military, and humanitarian assistance efforts.
  • Military Family Service Corps: This provision requires the Depart of Defense to examine starting a program that would give military dependents the opportunity to earn monetary educational awards for voluntary service to local military communities across the country.
  • Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program: The SIV program affords Afghans such as interpreters the ability to resettle in the U.S. due to threats to their lives they and their families face on a daily basis due to their work with our armed services. Through a bipartisan effort, this program has remained alive and functioning, and 3,500 Visa’s were added to the quota.

To learn more about Congressman Seth Moulton visit https://moulton.house.gov or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Medium.

 

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