Congressman Tim Ryan Issued the following statement on the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House of Representatives earlier today
“I am proud to support the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House of Representatives today, ensuring that our military men and women have the tools they need to do their job and keep our country safe. There were things in the Authorization that I did not support, such as the continued restrictions on the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. However, I was happy to vote to provide our servicemen and servicewomen a pay raise of 2.1 percent and satisfied that the bill forbids an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).
I was very pleased with an amendment added in the Senate by Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman which directs the Air Force to spell out how it will prioritize C-130 upgrades—an important issue for Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The senators’ amendment dovetails with a provision of my own included in the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations report that directs the Air Force to prioritize units with the oldest equipment when deciding which specialty missions to upgrade.
The strength of our military is unchallenged, but an unstable world can bring dangerous threats to which we must respond. It is our task as Members of Congress to ensure that our troops have what they need to carry out their mission. I voted for this Defense Authorization because I believe it does that.”