McCaul Votes to Give Raise to Troops, and Strengthen, Modernize our Military
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauds the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. This critical legislation strengthens our nation’s defense programs and includes McCaul’s Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act, which was introduced in the House earlier this year.
Congressman McCaul: “This year’s NDAA fully funds our military, the best fighting force in the world, and provides the necessary support our men and women in uniform need and deserve – including the largest pay raise for our troops in eight years. In order to continue ensuring the safety of our service members and their families at home and abroad, it’s imperative we restore our nation’s military readiness and bolster our nation’s offensive and defensive military capabilities.
“As the arena for warfare changes, we must strive to meet the challenges posed by evolving technologies and cyber threats. My legislation, the Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act, which is included in this bill will help address our nation’s shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals by expanding and enhancing an existing federal scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields.
“Across the board, this year’s NDAA will enhance our capabilities to ensure we effectively deter and respond when necessary to any threat that poses a danger to the safety and security of the American people and our allies. I commend my fellow Texan, Chairman Thornberry, for his resolve on this important legislation and look forward to our continued efforts to strengthen and modernize our military.”
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:
- Provides the largest pay raise for our troops in eight years.
- Provides topline funding of nearly $700 billion.
- Increases the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, as well as Air Guard.
- Provides an increase of $26.4 billion to rebuild a worn-out military (i.e. $1.9 billion for facilities maintenance, $4.4 billion to strengthen Missile Defense.)
- Permanently preserves special survivor indemnity allowance (SSIA) payments to more than 60,000 surviving military spouses.