WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 providing over $610 billion to restore readiness and increase agility for America’s armed forces. Highlights of the bill include:

• Preserving the active duty Army at 480,000, and adding 3,000 Marines and 4,000 Airmen;

• A 2.1% pay raise for our service members for the first time in 3 years;

• Investments in new, more effective equipment and capabilities;

• Facility restoration and modernization of barracks, hangars, runways, and hospitals;

• Important Tricare reforms that simplify options, expand access to care, provide accountability to medical centers, and improve quality of care that patients receive;

• Reforms to acquisition transparency and accountability standards;

• Prioritization of U.S. Cyber Command, and $900 million increase for cyber security operations;

• A significant increase in funding against Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; and,

• Increased accountability and Congressional oversight of senior civilian and military leadership.

“For too long we have sat idle while our enemies gain strength and expand their networks abroad. During a time that security threats are increasing from radical groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda, it is more important than ever that we equip our military with the resources it needs to take the fight to the enemy, win, and return home safely,” said U.S. Representative Will Hurd, who previously served overseas in the CIA and currently sits on the House Committee on Homeland Security. “This NDAA allocates the funding we need to invest in new technologies, modernize our weaponry, and take care of our troops and their families at home.”

The House approved the FY17 NDAA by a final vote of 277 – 147 and it has been sent to the Senate.