Wilson Statement on Passage of National Defense Authorization Act
Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
“At this time, when we face worldwide conflicts with direct threats to American families, it is critical to provide our Armed Forces with the resources they need to protect our nation. It includes meaningful reforms to the compensation and benefits system, increases accountability in the acquisitions process, and empowers post commanders to permit members of the Armed Forces to carry firearms on military installations.
“I am grateful that this legislation funds the critical national security missions at the Savannah River Site, and allows for the continuation of its environmental cleanup mission. It also contains vital funding language supporting the construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at SRS.
“I am thankful that this legislation fully funds Fort Jackson and its critical role as the largest initial entry training facility for the U.S. Army.
“As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I am especially pleased that the NDAA provides for robust cyber capabilities, incentives for public-private information sharing, and fully resources the U.S. Cyber Command programs. It is critical that we do everything we can to enhance our cyber capabilities, including a comprehensive cyber defense and deterrence system.”
The NDAA passed the House by a vote of 270 to 156.
The Senate is expected to take up this critical legislation next week.