Norcross Votes to Advance NDAA that Raises Wages for Service Members, Keeps Americans Safe
Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). The act, which passed with a 60-1 vote out of Committee, raises wages for our men and women in uniform, improves readiness protocols, and boosts modernization and resiliency efforts.
"In an ever-changing and volatile world, we must ensure our military has the tools and manpower needed to defend our nation," said Congressman Donald Norcross. "While this bill is not perfect, I voted to advance it because it prevents Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), improves ship safety to prevent future tragedies and enhances cybersecurity efforts."
Norcross continued: "I've been long-fighting for ways to safeguard New Jersey's Joint Base and, this year, I focused on ensuring the KC-46s are delivered to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on schedule. These refueling tankers will bring new jobs and growth to our state and make our base an indispensable starting point for national security missions on the East Coast. While on schedule now, I will continue working to prevent the Air Force from falling behind."
The FY19 National Defense Authorization Act provides approximately $639.1 billion in the base defense budget, and approximately $69 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funds. The NDAA takes action to address several shortfalls in President Trump's proposed budget, including provisions to improve aviation safety, support the Department of Defense's cybersecurity programs, and improve military healthcare programs.