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