Key Portman Initiatives Signed Into Law Today in the NDAA Conference Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement today after President Trump signed into law the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report:
“The Constitution guarantees that we provide for the common defense, but that mission is carried out every day by brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives to protect the values we hold dearest as a nation. With the legislation now signed into law, our country has taken a big step forward toward ensuring that our armed forces have the resources they need to carry out their critical national security objectives. It also provides them with a much-needed pay raise. Ohio is home to some of the best and brightest serving our country, and is home to some of our nation’s premier defense installations. I was proud to have the opportunity to thank many of our Ohio servicemembers and see many of those facilities during my defense tour in August. This measure includes key initiatives I’ve fought for to provide necessary resources for the Buckeye State’s military installations, and I look forward to seeing the results in the coming months and years.”
NOTE: Portman initiatives signed into law as a part of NDAA Conference Report will:
- Authorize $15 million to support the construction of upgraded fighter aircraft hangars for the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo;
- Authorize funding of more than $1.6 billion to increase the rate of production of the newest upgraded Abrams tanks that are just starting production at the JSMC and $622 million in funding to modernize Stryker vehicles;
- Support jobs and the important research mission at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's Air Force Research Lab;
- Promote greater collaboration between DoD and the FAA on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into the national airspace;
- Improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation from our enemies; and,
- Authorize $350 million in security assistance, including lethal and non-lethal equipment, training, and technical assistance for Ukraine.
In total, the NDAA provides $692 billion for national defense. The legislation also gives our service members a 2.4 percent pay raise, the largest in eight years.