WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the passage of National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, which passed the House by a vote of 375 to 34:
"This bipartisan bill focuses on our troops, America’s most important national defense resource. It provides them a full pay raise for the first time in four years, it stops layoffs of our military personnel and actually increases the end strength of our Armed Forces, and it starts to stabilize the readiness problems that are making it more difficult for our troops to accomplish their mission and increasingly represents a danger to their lives. It contains landmark reforms to improve our military’s strength and agility."
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