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President Signs Gianforte’s Bipartisan Pro-Opportunity Measure Into Law

August 13, 2018
Press Release
Gianforte’s Bipartisan Telework Bill Enacted as Part of Defense Bill

President Trump today signed into law Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte’s measure to promote teleworking.

“Opportunities for Montanans grow as teleworking grows. With increased teleworking, Montanans can have greater access to good-paying jobs in our state,” Gianforte said. “My bipartisan measure, which President Trump signed into law, will make it easier for the federal government to recruit and employ well-qualified Montanans.”

Gianforte introduced H.R. 4171 with Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) in November 2017. The bill extends a pilot program promoting telework in federal agencies for three years.

The pilot program encourages federal agencies, particularly the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to expand teleworking opportunities. USPTO embraced the concept, expanding its full-time teleworking workforce to allow employees to reside anywhere in the country. As a result of the pilot program, USPTO saved taxpayers $77.4 million in fiscal year 2016.

Gianforte’s bipartisan bill was included as an amendment to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA), which President Trump signed into law today.

“The National Defense Authorization Act continues efforts of President Trump and congressional Republicans to rebuild our military and make our country safer and more secure,” Gianforte said. “The law provides our service men and women with a well-deserved pay raise, the largest in nine years. It increases the size of our armed forces, replaces aging equipment, and makes key investments in Montana.”

NDAA provides much needed resources to our service members and their families. It fully funds a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops, the largest in nine years.

In Montana, NDAA authorizes $9 million for construction of an aircraft apron at Great Falls International Airport and $15 million for National Guard Facilities in Malta.

The law authorizes a $69.4 million increase for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program, which is scheduled to replace the Minuteman III missiles at Malmstrom Air Force Base, as well as $288 million to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1N Huey helicopters currently used for missile security operations at the base.

NDAA corrects the boundary of the Limestone Hills Training Area in support of the Montana National Guard.