Roe appointed to negotiate the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act

Johnson City Press • Jul 3, 2018 at 7:33 PM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, was among 30 congressmen appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday to help negotiate the federal government’s annual defense authorization bill, totaling approximately $716 billion. 

Roe, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and his counterparts will serve on a House-Senate conference committee that will be responsible for shoring up differences between the Senate version and House version of the National Defense Authorization Act. 

“It is a honor and privilege to be selected as a conferee for the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, and I sincerely thank Speaker Ryan for naming me as a member to work on the provisions that fall under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,” Roe said in a statement about serving on the conference. 

“It’s imperative we ensure our troops are adequately paid and military operations are sufficiently funded as we rebuild it. It is a priority of mine to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the best equipment and training in the world, and I’m grateful to serve on this committee and see that this year’s NDAA meets its obligation to our armed forces.”

The legislation will reportedly include the highest military pay raise, at 2.6 percent, in nine years. 

The House and Senate versions share a few differences, with the Senate version increasing troop levels by 8,600 while the House version calls for increasing active-duty troops by 15,600. The Senate version also authorizes the purchase of 75 F-35 fighter jets, two fewer than the amount authorized by the House. 

The House passed its version of the spending bill in March, while the Senate passed its version at the end of June. 

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