Senate & House Armed Services Committees Complete Conference On FY19 National Defense Authorization Act


U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced details of the conference report for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy:

"The FY19 NDAA will help provide our men and women in uniform the resources and tools they need to face today's increasingly complex and dangerous world. This legislation will strengthen our military's readiness, provide our troops a pay raise, support effective implementation of the National Defense Strategy, drive further innovation in emerging technologies to secure our military advantage, and continue to reform the Department of Defense.

"The NDAA supports the latest budget agreement of $716 billion in fiscal year 2019 for national defense. It authorizes a base defense budget of $639 billion for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. The focus of this funding will be building a joint force that is ready, equipped, and capable of maintaining military overmatch against potential adversaries. The NDAA also authorizes $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.

"The FY19 NDAA carries on Congress's long, proud tradition of bipartisanship when it comes to delivering on behalf of our military. We thank each of the conferees for their hard work and thoughtful collaboration. As this legislation moves toward final passage and to the President's desk, we are confident it will continue to represent how our government can and should function--and serve as a model of how we can work together to solve problems and defend our great nation."