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Banks: Defense Bill Will Begin Process of Rebuilding Military

July 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) spoke on the House floor in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the legislation that sets the budget and policy for the Department of Defense (DOD).


Click here or on the image below to view Congressman Banks’ speech.



Text of the speech follows:


“I rise today to express my strong support for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.


As the most recently deployed veteran serving in Congress, serving in Afghanistan just two years ago, I know the national security challenges facing our country first hand.  While these challenges are not easily solved, this legislation represents a significant step forward.    


I want to take a moment and specifically thank Chairman Mac Thornberry for his leadership and assistance to myself and other freshman members of the Committee.


Working together with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, the Armed Services Committee has crafted a bill focused on rebuilding and reforming the Department of Defense.


By procuring what we need, fixing what we already have, and by being good stewards of the taxpayer’s dollars by proposing new contract audit reforms, this bill begins the hard work of getting our Department back on the right track.


While we cannot control the existential threats facing our nation, we must ensure that those in uniform are ready to address those threats when necessary.


Moreover, as this week’s tragic C-130 accident that claimed the lives of 16 service members reminded all Americans, our service members place their lives on the line each day. 


From giving our troops a well-deserved raise to funding our vital missile defense programs, I believe that this legislation begins the process of rebuilding and reforming our military so we are ready for whatever comes next.”




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