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National Defense Authorization Act passes in the House

May 26 2018

Provisions included for Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Bases and ND Army and Air National Guard

Pay raise for active military pegged at 2.6 percent – largest increase in nine years
 

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the House of Representatives on Thursday with a 351 to 66 vote. Representative Kevin Cramer was a key supporter of the bill which now advances to the Senate.
 
NDAA provides for $708.1 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year and includes the largest pay increase to active military members in the last nine years at 2.6 percent.
 
This bill will ensure our military has the finest equipment, the most extensive training, and benefits that will allow them to care for themselves and their families. It also sets policy for national security and recognizes the role of North Dakota in protecting the nation.
 
The bill will continue to support Minot and Grand Forks’ Air Force Bases and North Dakota’s Army and Air National Guard.
 
A proposed amendment by Rep. Cramer passed the House which recognized the 74 crew members of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans who lost their lives during the ship’s sinking. The names will be placed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., pending Senate action on the bill.
 
Kevin also supported an amendment granting a waiver of time limitations so a Distinguished-Service Cross can be awarded to Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos. This award, advocated by Clint Romesha, a Medal of Honor recipient from Minot, is long overdue and deeply deserved for combat valor.
 
NDAA’s Impact on North Dakota
  • Allows increased funding to Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent and the Long-Range Standoff weapon and bans a reduction of international ballistic missiles.
  • Approves over $90 million in updated equipment and systems for B-52 bombers which are flown from the Minot Air Force Base.
  • Authorizes $265 million for the MQ-9 Reaper program which is flown by the North Dakota Air National Guard. 
  • Gives the Minot Air Force Base $66 million for an aircraft maintenance unit and facilities to store helicopters, among other projects.
  • Provides $128 million for RQ-4 improvements, which are frequently flown from the Grand Forks Air Force Base and $105 million for a EQ-4 unmanned aircraft system.
  • Increases National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons activities by $325 million and promotes President Trump’s budget proposal to strengthen nuclear arsenal.
View the full summary of the H.R. 5515 here.

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