Hardy on 2016 Defense Authorization: Important Reforms for America’s Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-4) released the following statement on House passage of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act:

“I was proud to vote today for the passage of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Our troops deserve the right tools to protect themselves as they defend the banner of freedom at home and abroad.

This NDAA carries with it important reforms that will help us save money on complicated acquisitions, recruit and retain service members with compensation plans that better reflect changes in the private sector, and provide programs that facilitate a healthy transition to civilian life after returning home. I am also pleased to have contributed portions of this legislation that will allow America’s small businesses to better participate in the critical support of military operations. Qualified Americans in all walks of life want to support the military’s mission, and they should have the opportunity to do so.

If President Obama vetoes this bill, he will be choosing party politics and legacy-building pet projects over protecting America’s national interests. All of this despite the fact that this NDAA meets the funding levels the President requested.

As a conference committee member for this bill, I understand the difficult decisions needed to bring us to this point. I hope the president recognizes it, too. I urge the president to sign this well-thought out bill.”

Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Steve Chabot, said, “I’m especially proud of Small Business Committee member Cresent Hardy for seeing his excellent ideas through to the end of this process and giving small businesses a strong voice in this vital legislation.”