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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham celebrates House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

May 24, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today celebrated the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that also includes millions of dollars for projects at Barksdale Air Force Base and the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station.

The NDAA authorizes $708.1 billion in defense spending for the next fiscal year. Funding prioritizes a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops (their second raise in two years), readiness improvements, and the modernization of our nuclear arsenal.

"Earlier this year, we began the process of rebuilding our military, which has been so neglected over the last several years that we are facing significant readiness issues. This NDAA continues Congress and President Trumps' commitment to our men and women in uniform that we will give them the tools they need to succeed in their mission of keeping our nation safe,"said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

The bill also includes $12.25 million for Barksdale Air Force Base for the construction of a gate to the planned weapons storage facility, a $500 million project that's slated to begin construction next year. The facility will allow Barksdale to store nuclear weapons so that Global Strike Command, which is headquartered at the base, can respond faster to threats.

The NDAA also authorizes $39 million for the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse to support ongoing enhancements so that the base's F-15 fighter jets can better intercept threats to the mainland.

"I am proud that Louisiana plays such a critical role to our national defense strategy, and I will always fight to make sure our bases get the resources they need to thrive,"Dr. Abraham said.

Other highlights of the NDAA include:

  • Supports increase in topline funding to support troops and readiness recovery consistent with President Trump's commitment to rebuild the military.

  • Increases the sizes of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.

  • Reforms Pentagon bureaucracy.

  • Invests in missile defense and nuclear deterrent.

  • Makes key investments in other critical military capabilities to confront aggression and address threats around the world.

  • Authorizes funding for co-development and co-production of missile and weapons systems with Israel.

  • Advances innovative technologies to help us fight and win wars.