Washington, D.C.— Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below following committee mark-up and approval of H.R. 5013, the IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010, bipartisan legislation to overhaul defense acquisition spending, potentially saving billions of taxpayer dollars and expediting the process to get the necessary equipment to our warfighters. H.R. 5013 was reported favorably by a vote of 56 to 0.


“Today’s unanimous and bipartisan vote by the House Armed Services Committee brings us one step closer to significant defense acquisition reform this year. Our men and women in uniform and American taxpayers all stand to win with the approval of this legislation. When the IMPROVE Acquisition Act is considered by the full House, I hope the bill will receive the same enthusiastic support it received in the House Armed Services Committee. 


“I particularly want to commend Congressman Rob Andrews and Congressman Mike Conaway for introducing this legislation, which was based on recommendations developed by the Defense Acquisition Reform Panel they led.  I also want to thank our committee’s Ranking Member, Congressman Buck McKeon, for being such an able partner in this effort.”