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Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements, $65.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and includes a number of Alaska-focused provisions championed by Alaska Congressman Don Young.
“I’m proud to let Alaskans know that today the House of Representatives voted to approve the FY18 NDAA Conference Report. This bill will authorize the funding our men and women in uniform need to fulfill their critical missions. It will keep food in their bellies, shoes on their feet, tracks on the tanks and planes in the air,” said Congressman Don Young. “Improving our nation’s missile defense system is something Senator Sullivan and I have been working on and we were successful in securing language in this year’s conference report to authorize funding for an additional 28 ground-based interceptors — bolstering our arsenal already housed at Fort Greely. Additionally, this bill provides authorization for one Polar-Class heavy icebreaker, critical as we fall behind and face a pending icebreaker gap. These are just two essential steps towards enhancing security in the Arctic and across the globe. With an ever-growing list of adversaries, both old and new alike, I am happy that this bill will ensure that our armed forces are ready to fight and continue to evolve faster than our enemies.”
The FY18 NDAA takes important steps to reform and rebuild our armed forces. It will ensure our troops are trained and equipped, and their families are cared for. Congressman Young worked throughout the legislative process to include Alaska-focused priorities within the House-passed NDAA:
Amendments included in the FY2018 NDAA by Congressman Young:
Additional language in the NDAA secured by Congressman Young:
Additional Items of Interest Included in the FY18 NDAA: