Palazzo Praises Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement today praising House passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA:

“Providing for the common defense of this nation is our number one constitutional responsibility in Congress. Our men and women in uniform are the best in the world at what they do, and we owe it to them to ensure they always have the tools and resources they need to get the job done.

“Recognizing the significant role South Mississippi plays in our national security efforts, this bill also continues to support our military assets, including funding for an additional DDG-51 Naval destroyer and full funding for the next generation of amphibious ships to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

“Once again, the president is already threatening to veto this legislation. His inability to understand the importance of funding the military is not only baffling, but dangerous. Furthermore, it reinforces my strong belief that we should have a mandatory requirement for our president to have military experience before serving in office.”
The NDAA fully restores funding to the levels set before sequestration went into effect in order to adequately support our military readiness mission. The bill also provides our troops with the 2.1% pay raise increase they earned, prohibits increases on out of pocket costs for TRICARE recipients and once again prevents BRAC. There are also provisions included to prevent the closure of Guantanamo Bay and fund Israeli missile defense against Iran.