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Owens Supports House Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

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Washington, Jun 14, 2013 | comments
The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014. Congressman Bill Owens joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in supporting the legislation, highlighting the benefits for military personnel at home and abroad and language that would advance issues important to the Fort Drum community.
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The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014.  Congressman Bill Owens joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in supporting the legislation, highlighting the benefits for military personnel at home and abroad and language that would advance issues important to the Fort Drum community.

“To ensure America’s military remains the best fighting force around the world, we have a commitment to provide America’s troops in the field with everything they need while strengthening important training installations like Fort Drum,” said Congressman Bill Owens.  “It is critical that Congress complete its work on the defense authorization, especially with so many men and women still deployed overseas, and so I was pleased to see this legislation move forward today.”

Congressman Owens applauded language in the 2014 NDAA that specifically bars the use of funds for any new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) activities, a provision Owens supported in the past as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee.  The legislation also rejects proposed fee-increases for TRICARE services benefitting active duty and retired military personnel.  Owens also highlighted the inclusion of language that provides for the deployment of an East Coast missile defense site by 2018.

The final bill passed in the House today includes $4.7 million to construct a Flight Training Unit Hangar in support of the MQ-9 Reaper mission at Fort Drum.  

“Maintaining a diverse mission set at Fort Drum that enhances the core mission and further highlights the installation’s joint training capability is critical to ensuring long-term growth,” Owens said.  “Funding for additional hangar space is another example of how enhancing these diverse missions can lead to new activity, and I look forward to seeing this funding approved and signed into law.”

Congressman Bill Owens is a Member of the exclusive House Appropriations Committee, including the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee.  It is through this committee that the NDAA will ultimately receive its funding.
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