Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today after voting in favor of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The measure authorizes $621.5 billion in funding for the United States Military, Department of Defense and defense-related activities of the Department of Energy. 

“While this legislation was far from perfect, I was proud to vote in favor of the 2018 NDAA today. This bipartisan bill, which was passed with an overwhelming 344-81 vote, ensures that American men and women in uniform are provided with the tools they need and the benefits and support they deserve – including a much needed 2.4% pay increase for military personnel, which is above the President’s requested 2.1% figure, and extends special pay and bonuses for servicemembers. It also continues to increase our military size and create more jobs for Americans. We must have a military that is prepared for the threats and challenges our nation faces around the world, and it is the responsibility of Congress to give them every opportunity to succeed,” said Congressman Ryan.

The bill included many provisions that Congressman Ryan was supportive of,  including needed measures to strengthen deterrence and to boost unity against Russia’s campaign to undermine our democracy and democracies worldwide. There were  also necessary measures within the legislation to address military readiness gaps, and to require further strategies from President Trump and the Department of Defense on Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, and other hot spots around the world. Importantly, language was also written in to acknowledge and to plan for the real threat that climate change poses to national security, something that has been brought up at the very highest levels of our armed forces.

Finally, Congressman Ryan was pleased to see the final NDAA had been brought up without the unacceptable Hartzler amendment, which would have banned federal funds from being used to provide necessary healthcare for transgender servicemembers and dependent family members.

“It is reassuring to see Congress come together in a bipartisan fashion to defeat this hateful and discriminatory proposal which would hurt currently serving military members and their families,” said Congressman Ryan.