Rep. Marino Votes for a Powerful Military and to Give Our Troops a Pay Raise
Washington, D.C. — Today, the House passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 by a bipartisan vote of 344-81. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) voted in favor of the legislation and released the following statement:
“We have the strongest military in the world and, in turn, we must provide the strongest support available to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedoms. It is unfair to expect our troops to perform at their highest capacity if they do not have the means to succeed.
“Our troops are our country’s most valuable asset and the 2.4% raise in salary is well deserved. It is important to remember that repairing and rebuilding our military is key to defending the country, therefore we must protect our brave servicemen and women.”
The NDAA for FY2018 authorizes a total of $631.5 billion for defense discretionary spending and an additional $64.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. In addition, the bill provides for an increase in active duty strength, adding 10,000 more personnel for the active duty Army, 4,000 more for the Navy, and 4,100 more for the Air Force while also funding a 2.4% pay raise for the troops.