Brooks Lauds Passage of FY18 National Defense Authorization Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) Wednesday voted in favor of House Armed Services Committee passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, clearing the way for full House consideration of the bill. The NDAA creates America’s national security policy. 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 Mo Brooks said, “I am pleased the House Armed Services Committee passed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This is the first step in providing our nation’s military personnel 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 addressing America’s military readiness crisis by increasing the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard. The NDAA also grants a 2.4% pay raise to our uniform personnel.”
Brooks added, “Of local interest, the FY18 NDAA promotes Alabama’s 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 a rapid strategy to build a medium-range hypersonic missile capability. Further, I joined my colleagues Congressmen Mike Rogers (AL-03) and Bradley Byrne (AL-01) to block an effort to cut from three to two the manufacturing of Littoral Combat Ships, built at the Austal shipyard in Mobile.”
Brooks concluded, “Once again, pro-amnesty and pro-illegal alien committee members sought to use the NDAA to take West Point, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy, and Coast Guard Academy appointments from American high school graduates in order to give them to illegal aliens. It is mindboggling that Congress would consider a policy that both encourages illegal immigrants to unlawfully cross America's borders while betraying young Americans who wish to serve in America's armed forces. After presenting cogent arguments against promoting illegal aliens over American citizens, I’m pleased to report that a committee majority stood up for American taxpayers who foot the bill and defeated this amendment. I will continue to fight those who place illegal aliens above the interests of Americans.”
*Below is a complete list of Congressman Mo Brooks' provisions and amendments adopted in the FY18 NDAA
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Department of Defense to accelerate major work on a medium range conventional prompt global strike capability. Achieving a hypersonic weapon quickly is a top 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.