Ferguson Votes to Strengthen Military, Give Troops a Raise
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today voted to pass the H.R. 2810, Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation authorizes defense spending for the next fiscal year including a total of $631.5 billion for base discretionary requirements and an additional $64.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) to support and rebuild our military.
“This legislation is an important step to ensure our nation’s military readiness,” said Ferguson. “Faced with ever-evolving global threats, we must ensure that our warfighters have the resources they need to protect and defend our nation. As a Member of Congress, my most important duty is to provide for our national security, and I am proud to support this legislation that rebuilds and reinvests in our military.”
Highlights of the legislation:
- Provide additional funding for Abrams tanks and Bradleys used at the Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), ensuring graduates will have fighting vehicles that are properly equipped when they need them.
- Fund a 2.4% pay raise for our troops
- Increase funding for facility restoration and modernization.
- Provide the resources necessary to combat terrorism and defeat ISIS.
- Support our allies in Israel with funding for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow.
“As home to Fort Benning, West Georgia plays a pivotal role in our national security infrastructure,” said Ferguson. “These critical investments will strengthen our community and support the brave men and women fighting to preserve our freedoms.”
The bill passed the House by a vote of 344-81.