WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman Mac Thornberry of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement after the Committee approved the FY19 NDAA with a bipartisan vote of 60 to 1:
“This defense bill, which is once again the product of strong bipartisan work, takes the crucial next steps to rebuilding our military and reforming the Pentagon. Both are essential to helping our troops prepare and respond to the complex security challenges we are facing around the world.
"For 57 straight years with presidents from both parties and congressional majorities from both parties, a defense authorization bill has been signed into law. It is so important, maybe even more now than it has been in the past, for our troops and for the world to see that unity in support of our men and women in uniform and in support of strengthening American national security. We had that unity in Committee and I am hopeful we will see this same spirit of bipartisan cooperation when the bill comes to the House floor in the next few weeks.”