Washington–Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 344-81. Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement in support of this legislation:
“This year’s NDAA begins the long and arduous process of repairing our military after the drastic cuts suffered under President Obama. This legislation prioritizes our service members, and providing a well-deserved pay raise and the readiness training and equipment they need to successfully carry out their missions.
“I’m particularly pleased with several provisions included in this bill, including those that support Department of Defense (DoD) auditability. As a CPA by trade, I have been advocating for DoD audit readiness and auditability throughout my time in Congress. Today’s legislation includes three amendments I sponsored – one of which is the most stringent oversight yet – to ensure the DoD becomes fully auditable and adopts best business practices. I will continue to engage with department leaderships on the DoD’s audit progress to certify that each tax payer dollar is accounted for and being properly spent.
“Also included in this legislation is my 12 Carrier Act to increase the number of aircraft carriers. Currently, our fleet is increasing its operational tempo and yet still experiencing deployment gaps as it attempts to meet our growing national security needs. A twelfth carrier will alleviate the stress our sailors have been experiencing, and put our Navy in a better position to deter conflict and protect our nation.
“The NDAA is the most important obligation the House Armed Services Committee is tasked with, and we take this responsibility seriously. I am proud to sit on this committee, and even prouder to have the opportunity to support the men and women who serve our nation honorably each and every day.”