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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma

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FY17 NDAA Passes HASC with 11 Russell Amendments

April 28, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC - Early Thursday morning, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed its mark-up of H.R. 4909 - the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) offered 11 amendments to the legislation, which were all adopted. These amendments ranged from preventing further cuts to our military, to providing retired service members a more equitable distribution of retirement benefits upon dissolution of marriage, to making sure religious service providers and contractors are not unfairly discriminated against.

Other major provisions of the bill:

 

  • Consistent with Congressman Russell’s efforts to push the POSTURE Act, halts and begins to reverse the drawdown of military end strength

  • Makes key investments to accelerate the transition to new systems, giving warfighters the tools and systems they need

  • Provides the flexibility needed to commanders and warriors deployed abroad to accomplish their mission

  • Fully funds a pay raise for our troops, above the President’s request

  • Supports the military’s airlift and refueling needs, including funding for 15 KC-46A tankers


Congressman Russell offered this statement on the FY17 NDAA:

“My top priority in the NDAA is to support our warriors defending our Republic. We must ensure that the men and women tasked with defending our nation have the tools and support they need to be successful, or we are doing our enemies’ job for them. The missions of our warriors are inherently risky, but as a member of the Armed Services Committee, and as a former combat commander, we must mitigate any risk to the accomplishment of their tasks. While not perfect, we are at least providing the tools to them with this authorization.”


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