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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Congressional Candidate Issues Statement Regarding U.S. House of Representatives Passage of the FY 2019 NDAA

Kevin Surbaugh

Washington, D. C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (FY 2019 NDAA) on Thursday, approving their funding plan for the military and mapping out some policy priorities, also known as House Resolution 5515, passed the House with wide bipartisan support in a 351-to-66 vote.
In Topeka,  Steve Watkins, U.S. Army veteran, engineer, and Republican candidate for Kansas' second Congressional District, released a statement after the House of Representatives passed FY 2019 NDAA.
United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Photographer Peter Griffin
"I was encouraged to see the House of Representatives set political differences aside earlier today to pass the FY 2019 National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA) with a strong bipartisan majority. The bill includes the largest pay raise our troops have seen in 9 years, a growth of 2.6%. The act also eliminates bureaucratic red tape within the Department of Defense," said Steve Watkins. "Congress has provided the financial backing to support the President's commitment to rebuilding the military, making sure that our servicemembers are well prepared to defend American interests across the world. I thank the House for honoring their commitment to our men and women in uniform."
The bill is not ready for the Presidents desk yet. The Senate and House will have to work out their differences and both chambers will have to vote once again on the compromise version before it makes it to President Trump's desk for his signature.

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