Wilson Statement on Committee Passage of FY16 National Defense Authorization Act

Apr 30, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee completed the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016. This piece of legislation is the avenue for funding our military and vital national security projects.

“While our nation faces a complex and threatening environment at home and abroad, this year’s NDAA provides necessary resources to help our military keep America safe. Providing for a strong national defense to protect American families should be Congress’s number one priority, and I am grateful the bipartisan bill promotes this goal while supporting our brave servicemembers.

“As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I am especially pleased this bill addresses the growing threats posed by cyber attacks and our enemies’ use of advanced technologies. This bill also preserves our means to train and equip our special operations and cyber forces to defend America now and in the future.

“While the President’s defense sequestration has put some of our most precious resources at risk, this bill works to safeguard our defense priorities. I am grateful this year’s NDAA includes a bipartisan amendment I proposed that guarantees time to adequately review the National Commission of the Future of the Army’s report regarding the transfer of Apache helicopters from the National Guard.

“Finally, I am thankful this legislation directly benefits South Carolina. The resources the bill authorizes for the Savannah River Site (SRS) will allow for the continuation of the ongoing national security and environmental cleanup missions, while ensuring no adverse workforce impacts. Additionally, I am happy I was able to uphold vital funding and language supporting construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at SRS to promote conversion of weapons grade plutonium into green fuel and honor our nonproliferation commitment.

“I look forward to voting in support of this crucial legislation on the House floor, and I will continue working to advance legislation that will bolster our national security and ensure the safety of American families.”