Yoho Votes to Fully Fund Military and Raise Troop Pay
Washington D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL -03) voted in favor of authorizing funds to strengthen America’s national defense and increase pay for our active duty troops. This important bipartisan authorization contains two provisions inserted by Congressman Yoho. The first prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) or the closure or transfer of that base. The second requires congressional approval of any and all MANPADS to Syria. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:
“Congress is responsible for providing for the common defense of America. Today I voted to do just that by fully funding our men and women in uniform. This authorization provides our military personnel the largest pay raise in six years. The brave men and women, who stand in harm’s way to defend our freedom and our American way of life, deserve this raise. These funds ensure our armed forces are ready for any conflict they may face.
“I am proud that my previous bill language pertaining to our base and detention facility in Guantanamo Bay and language to help keep shoulder fired missiles out of the wrong hands in Syria made it into the final bill that will now be signed into law.”
Details of Defense Authorization Bill:
- The FY17 NDAA Conference Report provides a total of $619 billion for the national defense
- This includes $551.7 billion for base defense requirements and $59.5 billion in requirements for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)
- Reverses the President’s drawdown of Army end strength
- Includes a 2.1% pay raise for our troops
- Improves access to health care for our troops and their families
- Prohibits the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.SOIL, prohibits closure of the facility, and prohibits the transfer of the naval base back to the Cuban government by any president without the consent of Congress.
- Provides the resources to combat Islamic extremists and to assist foreign security forces, such as the Kurds and Sunnis, to fight ISIS
- Supports our European allies to counter Russian aggression and funds the Israeli Cooperative Missile Defense programs
- Builds upon past acquisition reform and delivers better technology to the warfighter faster
- Includes reforms to the Pentagon to improve oversight and accountability and limits the size of the National Security Council