Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Multiple Yoho Initiatives Make Final NDAA Bill

Dec 12, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 – into law.

“Providing for the common defense is the primary job of Congress.  Today’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, into law, by President Trump, will give our military men and women the tools they need to accomplish their mission and to continue defending the liberty and freedoms we all hold dear.  This authorization is important to rebuild our overworked military, increase readiness, replace old equipment that is past its service life, and give our men and women in uniform the pay raise they deserve. I am honored that many of the initiatives I worked on were included in the final bill that was signed into law.” 

Rep. Yoho initiatives included in NDAA:
 

  • Major sections of my Equip Ag bill, H.R. 2822, were inserted into the base text of the House bill-- Items of Special Interest (ISI) and Direct Report Language (DRL) are not part of the conference procedures with the Senate.  ISI and DRL are acted on by DoD or whomever it effects once the House bill passed back in July. As stated in the ISI language we should see a report come back on this from DoD no later than 31 Dec 2017.
     
    • Specifically, it directs the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency to provide a briefing, not later than December 31, 2017, to the House Committee on Armed Services on all agriculture-related equipment disposals for the past five years. The briefing shall include an itemized list of each item disposed of, a brief description of each farming-related item, and whether the item was transferred to another government entity or a private company or citizen. The Department of Defense already has a disposal process for its excess or unused equipment, and veteran-owned farming operations could potentially benefit from a greater awareness of the equipment that could be available. 
       
  • Prohibition on the use of funds to close or relinquish control of United States naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 
  • Limitation on use of funds for the provision of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) to the vetted Syrian opposition. 
  • Normalization of the transfer of defense articles and defense services to Taiwan.
  • Ensures increased reporting of freedom of navigation operations, to ensure challenges to freedom of navigation are challenged
  • Report on US strategy in Syria