Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act

On Tuesday, December 17, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). From posts across America to bases overseas, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) supports America’s 2.1 million service men and women and their families. By passing NDAA, Congress continues its 59 year tradition of investing in America’s military infrastructure to ensure readiness, deterring threats, and protecting American allies.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement regarding his vote to support final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“America’s service members defend our cherished freedoms 365 days a year. With growing threats from abroad, the defense bill gives our military the critical resources it needs to keep us safe.

“This bill also imposes targeted sanctions on those involved in installing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. Russian President Vladimir Putin uses Russia’s natural gas to extort and threaten our allies and our partners. These sanctions will help stop this pipeline and eliminate Russia’s geopolitical weapon.”

Some key provisions included in NDAA:

• Pay raise of 3.1 percent for members of the armed forces, the largest in a decade.

• F. E. Warren AFB Helicopter Alert Facility – $18 million

• UH-1N Helicopter Replacement Program Air Force Security Forces – $171 million

• Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (Minuteman III Replacement) – $552 million

• Legislation that Barrasso co-sponsored, The Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act, to impose sanctions on those involved in installing Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would carry gas from Russia to Germany.