May 18, 2012
Susan Davis Fights for Military Families in Defense Bill
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) praised the military family provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House of Representatives.
“Our military’s greatest resource is its men and women in uniform,” said Davis, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel. “The unsung heroes are the military families that provide so much support and comfort for those men and women. I am pleased the bill includes provisions that are important to our service members and their families.”
The NDAA includes a 1.7 percent pay raise, Impact Aid Funding for military children, transition assistance for members leaving the service, and additional efforts to combat sexual assault.
The price tag for the NDAA is $8 billion over spending caps agreed to in the Budget Control Act last year. Davis warned that added funding for weapons systems not wanted by the Department of Defense could threaten personnel benefits when trying to bring the bill under budget.
“While a number of decisions were made to restore cuts from the President’s Budget, we will need to resolve this difference at some point,” said Davis. “This means that programs will need to be cut. My hope is that the pay and benefits of our brave men and women will not be the bill payer when we must reduce spending in this bill.”
The House passed its version of the NDAA on a vote of 299-120.