Brooks Applauds House Passage of FY18 Defense Bill
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted in favor of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes multiple provisions offered by Brooks. The NDAA passed by a 344 – 81 bipartisan vote. The FY18 NDAA authorizes $631.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget and $64.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, for a total of $696.1 billion, a $62 billion increase in national security funding versus FY 2017. Congressman Brooks highlighted the significant achievements for Alabama and the notable provisions he worked on with the committee to incorporate in this legislation.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “The House overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018 which sets funding policy for America’s national security and provides our men and women in uniform with the resources needed to protect America. The FY18 NDAA authorizes a very substantial $62 billion increase over FY 2017 funding, thereby taking significant steps to reverse military declines and address America’s military readiness crisis. The legislation increases the size and funding for maintenance for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.”
Brooks concluded, “On a local level, the FY18 NDAA includes several key achievements for Alabama and promotes our role in America’s national defense. The NDAA restores directed energy development funding for boost phase missile defense in the Missile Defense Agency’s budget and includes my amendment to direct the Secretary of Defense to report on rapid strategy to build a medium-range hypersonic missile capability. I’m pleased that the House passed NDAA includes language to ensure the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), built at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, after helping to defeat an effort aimed at reducing the number in the House Armed Services Committee. Unfortunately, the Senate Armed Services Committee failed to protect the LCS and unanimously passed their NDAA that cut LCS ships from three to one. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to restore this critical program for South Alabama and our nation’s warfighters as the NDAA progresses to become law.”
*Below is a complete list of Congressman Mo Brooks' amendments adopted in the FY18 NDAA
1. Amendment relating to small turbine engines: This amendment encourages the Department of Defense to support low cost turbine engine development, requires a briefing to Congress concerning progress made, and helps maintain America’s industrial base.
2. Amendment to modernize UH-60A/L aircraft bound for Afghanistan aviation forces: This amendment supports modernizing America’s older model UH-60A helicopters bound for Afghanistan and improving their technological capabilities. North Alabama has an outstanding pedigree of supporting army aviation modifications.
3. Amendment to authorize the Department of Defense to use already appropriated funds to remove petroleum, oil and lubricant from the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen: This amendment authorizes the Army Space and Missile Defense Command to drain the oil from a disabled WWII battleship. Without this amendment the Department of Defense risks an environmental catastrophe.
4. Amendment to request annual selected acquisition reports on certain hardware relating to Nuclear Nonproliferation: This good governance amendment returns critical oversight to Congress concerning issues relating to America’s Nuclear Nonproliferation efforts.
5. Amendment to direct the Secretary of Defense to accelerate development of America’s conventional prompt global strike weapons systems and require status reports concerning progress made: This amendment requires the DOD to accelerate major work on a medium-range conventional prompt global strike capability. Achieving a hypersonic weapon quickly is a high national security priority.
Congressman Brooks is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sitting on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittees. He is the founder and co-chair of the Army Aviation Caucus.