Ensuring the Military Has the Resources Needed to Protect Our Nation


Date: May 18, 2016
Issues: Defense

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017:

"In our dangerous world where Islamic extremists control broad swathes of the Middle East and hostile regimes like North Korea and Russia threaten global security, America needs a strong military prepared to defend our nation and its assets abroad at a moment's notice. Yet in recent years our forces have developed a readiness gap that threatens our security and must be addressed.

"This evening the House did that with passage of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Our bill increases funding to the military by $18 billion above President Obama's budget request, reforms our outdated acquisition system, and--most importantly--gives our troops a much deserved pay raise. Regrettably, President Obama has threatened to veto this bipartisan measure in an effort to extract more funding for his domestic priorities. I sincerely hope he will reconsider this ill-advised threat and support this bill ensuring that America's fighting men and women have the resources they need to defend our nation at home and abroad."

BACKGROUND (from the House Republican Conference):

H.R. 4909 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill authorizes $543.4 billion in base funding, an additional $23.1 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO) for base requirements, and an additional $35.7 billion in the OCO fund to cover contingency operations through April 2017. When factoring in $8.3 billion for mandatory defense spending, a total of $610.5 billion is authorized to be appropriated, which is equal to the President's overall budget request. Further information is available here and here via the House Armed Services Committee.