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Cole Applauds Passage of NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019

May 24, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. It passed in the House by a vote of 351-66 with Cole’s support.

This legislation provides the necessary funding for the Department of Defense and is consistent with President Trumps commitment to rebuild our military and improve readiness. It supports the back-log in aircraft maintenance and improve sustainment and logistics, which is a key mission at Tinker Air Force Base. The size of the Air Force will increase by 4,700 military personnel to include Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen. The Army active force will increase by 4,000 soldiers to 487,500 troops. Additionally, this bill provides for Long-Range Precision Fires and short-range air defense programs which are top priorities and key to the mission at Fort Sill. 

“It is a fundamental responsibility of Congress to ensure that our nation’s military has the necessary resources to rebuild our capabilities and readiness to meet the challenges ahead,” said Cole. “For the 57th consecutive year, the House passed one of the most robust and comprehensive pieces of NDAA legislation last week. I was proud to put my support behind it.

“This year’s NDAA authorizes funding at $708.1 billion in discretionary funding. There will be increases in the size of all branches of the military, as well as increased procurement of additional aircraft, ships, and weapons systems.  Investments in will be made to advance technologies that will reform how our military engages with friends and foes around the world. Furthermore, it includes a 2.6% pay raise for the troops, the highest in nine years.

“While our military is strong, our competitive edge continues to erode as our competitors move to close the gap. This bill provides major organizational changes to how the Department of Defense is organized and how it purchases new weapon systems and outfits our military.

“I was pleased to support this broadly bipartisan legislation on the House Floor, and I look forward to its passage in the Senate and its enactment into law.”