Conaway Incorporates Several Amendments into 2019 Defense Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Mike Conaway announced the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the U.S. House Services Committee by a vote of 60-1 Wednesday containing several amendments Conaway, a senior member of that committee, authored.
The first is the “12 Carrier Act,” which calls for building a twelfth aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy to meet force projection requirements.
Conaway’s statements in support for George and the Baltic States were also incorporated. “The resolutions I’ve introduced ask Congress to reaffirm the United States’ support for the sovereignty of Georgia and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and recognize the importance of cooperation between these nations and the United States. Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have continually demonstrated their commitment to the United States. These strategic partnerships are critical to our collective defense, and must be protected vehemently,” Conaway said of the statements ion April 26.
Third, Conaway added an amendment to authorize the transfer by sale of one decommissioned amphibious ship to Japan.
Finally, Conaway authored several amendments that continued to press for accounting practices that make the auditability of the entire Department of Defense more accessible. As a CPA, Conaway has pushed this for years. “Progress is being made, but there are still opportunities for improvement,” Conaway said in a statement.
The $716 billion Department of Defense budget goes to the full House for a vote later this month. This bill also includes a 2.6 percent increase in pay for U.S. Military personnel, and the addition of 16,000 more troops into the military’s ranks.
The bill funds 77 new F-35 fighter aircraft and builds two more Virginia-class submarines. It also purchases 3,400 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles.
“This NDAA provides for our troops, and looks to the future needs of our military. I’m proud of the work done by this committee, and I look forward to adoption of this legislation by the full House of Representatives,” Conaway said.