King Supports FY15 National Defense Authorization Act
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2015. This bill authorizes the budget authority of the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy.
“For the 53rd consecutive year, the NDAA fulfills one of Congress' essential responsibilities mandated by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution - to raise and support an army, and to provide and maintain a Navy,” said King “Maintaining a strong national defense is one of the top priorities for our America's national security and defense at home and abroad, but we must keep that within the realm of a fiscally responsible defense budget.
The FY15 NDAA puts the safety and priorities of our troops and their families first. The bill also addresses a number of areas including: strengthening our military readiness, adding religious protections for military chaplains, enhancing funding for the U.S. Israeli Iron Dome Project, and assuring that America's Armed Forces maintain a global presence that allows our nation's military to face current threats and prepare for new ones. Furthermore, it does not cut any funding from our troops and their families, giving them the assurance they need when fighting for our great freedoms. NDAA creates new measures to combat sexual assault within the military, adds additional support for the National Guard, and helps to address America's national security interests around the globe.
I was pleased to see this year’s NDAA passed with strong support, as it lays out an agenda that will preserve a strong national defense in the year ahead.”
Important provisions Mr. King considered when voting for H.R. 4435:
- $521.3 billion for National Defense.
- $79.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO).
- H.R. 4435 authorizes $30.7 billion less than the enacted in NDAA FY14.
- H.R. 4435 protects Iowa Reserve Components and bans the divestiture of guard aircraft.
- Increases funding for Missile Defense by $40 million from FY14 levels.
- H.R. 4453 blocks any Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) from occurring in FY15.
- Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) - requires a report on information for a 3-year migration plan to move enduring requirements funding into the base budget. Also requires the Administration to report to Congress a detailed assessment of enduring mission requirements and what is currently funded through OCO.
- Increases troop funding by 1.8%
- Does not cut TRICARE, Housing Allowances, or Commissary Benefits for our troops and their families.
- Funds the U.S./Israeli Iron Dome Project at $175 million more than the President's request for FY15.
- Prohibits transfer of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
- Prohibits U.S. Military from contact or cooperation with the Russian military until the Secretary of Defense can certify that Russia has vacated the Crimea.
- The bill enhances religious protections for military chaplains.