WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (PRESS RELEASE) – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, made the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee approved the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a bipartisan vote of 60 to 1.

“The FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act takes significant steps to address the serious readiness crisis in our country by ensuring our troops have the resources, training, and capabilities needed to face the growing threats of today,” said Hartzler, whose Subcommittee oversees the Administration’s defense policies and ensures accountability within the Department of Defense. “Providing for the common defense is our primary obligation in Congress and I take it very seriously. Missouri has long played a vital role in our national security and I am pleased this bill includes several of my provisions to ensure our defense assets continue to thrive as we rebuild the military.”

The bill includes the following provisions that directly impact Missouri:

Authorizes 24 additional F-18 Super Hornets to address the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall.
Fully funds the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base.
Supports funding for critical B-2 modernization programs to ensure the bomber fleet maintains its long range strike capability until the B-21 is operational.

Provides funding for A-10 modifications to guarantee that the A-10 fleet, including those at Whiteman, will continue to be operational.

Raises the Air National Guard control grade cap to help the Missouri Air National Guard fill much needed positions.
Increases the Army’s active duty end strength by 4,000 for a total of 487,500 soldiers, which means more soldiers will be trained at Fort Leonard Wood.

Authorizes funding for the continued development of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency complex in St. Louis.

Supports funding for engine upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.

Provides much needed support for the Army’s Ammunition Production Plant like the one at Lake City.
“The legislation now moves to the House floor for consideration. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we advance this bipartisan defense bill,” added Hartzler.

The NDAA determines policies and funding levels for the U.S. Department of Defense and other national security entities. As a senior member of the Armed Service Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler played a key role in advancing policies within this legislation, which highlights Missouri’s military assets and strengthening America’s national security.

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood.