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Gianforte Votes to Rebuild Military, Give Troops a Well-Deserved Raise

July 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congressman Greg Gianforte (Mont., At Large) released the following statement:

“As threats to the United States continue to grow, we have too many aircraft that cannot fly, too many ships that cannot go to sea, and a force size that has diminished too much. We must ensure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to get the job done and come home safely. The National Defense Authorization Act begins the process of rebuilding and restoring our military by increasing the size of our forces and modernizing our defense. It also provides our troops, including nearly 8,000 service members in Montana, with a well-deserved raise – the largest in eight years.”

The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides needed resources to our service members and their families. It fully funds a well-deserved 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops – the largest in eight years – and it further extends special pay and benefits for service members. NDAA also provides military families with resources they need for the unique challenges they face, including relocations.

NDAA rebuilds our military and restores readiness. NDAA authorizes increasing the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.

In addition to rebuilding the size of our forces, NDAA boosts our defense capabilities and makes key investments. It enhances our defense by modernizing our nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense, and military vehicles. As cyber threats grow, NDAA also supports defensive and offensive cyberspace strategies.