WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted in support of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2018, which would provide $700 billion for our national defense. The legislation contains provisions that would increase the current active troop level by more than 16,000. The bill also includes a 2.4% pay raise for all military personnel.
“This legislation ensures that our military remains vibrant and strong,” said Congressman Bishop. “As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, I am particularly pleased that the legislation authorizes $10.7 billion for construction within the Department of Defense to strengthen our military infrastructure both home and abroad.”
The measure also prohibits the Defense Secretary from reducing the basic allowance for housing and authorizes the Department to reimburse a service member up to $500 for a spouse’s expenses related to obtaining licensing or certification in another state due to a permanent change of station.
“This bill addresses some of the challenges that have impacted our military families,” continued Congressman Bishop. “Measures that boost the quality of life for our military families increase the total readiness of our military force.”
The measure includes a number of provisions for Middle and Southwest Georgia. The legislation increases funding for the Army’s armored brigade, ensuring that when soldiers from Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence graduate, they have the equipment they need to defend our Nation. It authorizes increased funding for operation and maintenance accounts, providing units such as the Marine Corps Logistics Command in Albany, GA with additional resources to complete critical ground combat depot level repair work. It also preserves the J-STARS program at Robins Air Force Base and authorizes $417 million in FY 2018 for J-STARS recapitalization.
Additionally, the bill fully funds $8 billion for cyber operations, an increase of $1.7 billion that will provide vital funding for the Army Cyberspace operations conducted in Fort Gordon.
The legislation was adopted by the full House of Representatives in a vote of 356 to 70.