Strong Support for Our Military, Veterans, and Their Families
The Order of the Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration awarded for military merit. This prestigious award is dedicated to members of US Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded while serving.
To honor the legacy of those who have served, House Republicans have signed common sense legislation to reinvest in our military and strengthen our armed forces. This is a new era for our nation's military.
The Trump Administration has prioritized the military, and we are working together to strengthen and rebuild -- something that has been neglected for far too long. Our strong support for this country's military is widespread.
The effects of these efforts are felt not only in the strengthening of our national security, but also in the paychecks of soldiers and manufacturers across the 3rd District and the state of Mississippi.
On July 26, the United States House of Representatives passed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Also known as the NDAA, this bill has authorized $717 billion dollars to rebuild and re-strengthen our US military. Additionally, the NDAA authorized increases in size of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
A key part of this bill addresses our military's most valuable asset, its service members; that's why we have fully funded a 2.6% pay raise for all service men and women, the largest increase in nine years. This funding also extends special pay and bonuses to high demand fields. Furthermore, this authorizing bill extends multiple ship and plane building contracts that impact multiple manufacturers across the district and the state.
Evidence of this growth in Mississippi military manufacturing was announced in May, when Raytheon announced a $100 million expansion of its Forest radar manufacturing facility. Although it looks to hire about 50 additional permanent jobs, the design, construction, and maintenance of the facility will impact the district in a much larger way.
Over the next 4 months, I will continue to work diligently to provide for our active military Servicemembers, our veterans, and their families.