Congress Passes Pay Raise for Troops in NDAA
Washington D.C. – This week, both the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate passed the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to give our troops the largest pay raise in eight years, make major reforms to Pentagon spending practices and increase funding for essential military readiness recovery. Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04) voted in favor of the bill this week in the House where it passed with an overwhelming majority by a vote of 356 to 70. It passed the Senate yesterday by a voice vote.
Johnson’s amendment, previously adopted by the House in July, was added into this legislation and strengthens our cyber capabilities by requiring the Army to conduct a review of the Army Combat Training Centers and current resident cyber capabilities training.
Rep. Johnson released the following statement:
“Over the last eight years, we have seen a dramatic reduction in our defense budget. Rather than taking away resources and cutting funding, this Congress and the Trump administration have prioritized our men and women in uniform. Our soldiers put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms, and they deserve nothing but the best we can offer – in pay, in care and in resources. This legislation now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. We are grateful, because it ensures our Armed Forces have the tools they need to successfully carry out their missions and provide for their families.”