WASHINGTON, D.C.--Chairman Mac Thornberry of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement after the Committee approved the FY18 NDAA with a bipartisan vote of 60 to 1:
"Congress's most important constitutional duty is to 'provide for the common defense.' For 56 straight years now, this Committee has upheld that obligation by passing the National Defense Authorization Act with overwhelming bipartisan support.
This year’s bill reforms, repairs, and rebuilds our military. It provides for our troops and their families and helps ensure that our men and women in uniform are fully trained, equipped, and supported. And, it sets national security policy in a dangerous and complicated world.
This 2018 bill is a key decision point. For six years, we have been just getting by - cutting resources as the world becomes more dangerous, asking more and more of those who serve, and putting off the tough choices. Tonight, we begin charting a new course toward readiness recovery, and we do so with overwhelming support from Republicans and Democrats alike."