U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 7900, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2023.
“To fortify our national defense, the American warfighter must be equipped to confront 21st century threats. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act makes key investments to arm our servicemembers with innovative weapons, tools, and training. In addition to reversing President Biden’s proposed cuts to our defense and rejecting woke distractions, it also provides tangible support for our servicemembers and their families. As skyrocketing prices take a stark toll, this legislation authorizes a nearly 5 percent pay raise for servicemembers and an additional bonus for enlisted personnel.
“In Indiana and across the country, our servicemembers and their families deserve the best of the best. As they serve and sacrifice to protect our values and defend our homeland, Congress must fulfill our promises to them. Our servicemembers must be prepared to fight and win. These vital investments will prepare our Armed Forces to protect Americans at home and abroad, deter emboldened adversaries across the world, counter the Chinese Communist Party’s growing aggression, and ensure that the United States continues to lead the Free World.”
The NDAA for FY2023 includes key wins for Hoosiers and Americans across the country. Select highlights include:
- Encourages continued use of KC-135 aircraft, which are equipped by the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base
- Authorizes $850 billion for national defense discretionary programs, more than $37 billion over President Joe Biden’s request – meeting President Donald Trump’s proposed levels to rebuild the U.S. military
- Funds the National Guard’s operation to provide security on the southern border as a national security priority
- Improves readiness by prohibiting the divestment of certain strike fighter, electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft
- Requires an assessment of the military capabilities and the threat posed by cartels operating in Central and South America
- Forbids dishonorable discharges for servicemembers who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination
- Establishes a Servicemember Parents Bill of Rights to safeguard parents’ rights at U.S. Department of Defense schools
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.
Article provided by Congressman Walorski’s Office