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Simpson Supports Pay Raise for Military

Simpson Supports Pay Raise for Military

Washington, D.C. - After months of negotiations with the Senate, the House of Representatives today passed the Conference Report to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  This annual legislation authorizes programs at the Department of Defense (DoD) and certain elements within the Department of Energy.

“At a time of partisanship and distractions in Congress, I am pleased that members continue to recognize the importance of defense programs authorized by the NDAA,” said Simpson.  “Our troops work tirelessly each and every day to promote global security and protect the American way of life, and I am proud to support a bill that supports them.”

The FY 2020 NDAA is comprehensive legislation that includes wins for our troops and bolsters DoD capabilities.  Highlights include:

  • Authorization for $738 billion in DoD programs to increase readiness and rebuild our military;
  • A 3.1% pay-raise for members of the military;
  • An additional $5.3 billion in emergency funding for military installations damaged by natural disasters;
  • A three-year phased repeal of the “Widow’s Tax,” and;
  • Rejects restrictions on the president’s authorities to secure our borders.

The conference report passed with a bipartisan vote of 377-48 and will now head to the President’s desk for signature.