O’Halleran Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Defense Authorization Bill

July 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation, which authorizes funding for military operations at home and abroad, passed the House of Representatives in a bipartisan 344 - 81 vote.

“Today Congress took bipartisan action to secure our communities and give our military leaders the long-term strategic planning capabilities they need to complete missions around the world,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “This legislation improves military readiness and invests in critical modernization, and it gives our troops a well-deserved raise.”

Included in this year’s NDAA are two amendments introduced by Rep. O’Halleran. The first directs the Department of Defense to provide Congress with necessary information regarding the impact of opioids on military recruitment and what steps are being taken to prevent prescription drug abuse by servicemembers. Rep. O’Halleran is a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force.

The second amendment requires the DoD to provide the committee with an itemized list of excess or unused equipment that could be made available to veteran-owned farming operations.

“I am pleased to have bipartisan support from the Armed Services Committee for my amendments,” continued O’Halleran. “These commonsense measures will protect servicemembers’ health and wellbeing and help our troops interested in farming transition into civilian life.”

A third amendment requiring the Department of Defense to submit reports of current and future presidential travel costs to Congress was submitted by Rep. O’Halleran and Gallego. During NDAA markup, the amendment narrowly failed in a tied vote after gaining support from three Republican lawmakers. On Wednesday night, the House Rules Committee refused to allow the amendment to come before the House of Representatives for a full debate prior to today’s final passage of the NDAA.

In addition, Congressman O’Halleran supported efforts to provide naturalization information to military servicemembers and a modernization proposal, headed by Rep. McSally (AZ-01), that improves technology at Fort Huachuca and other military bases.