Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Votes for Revised Military Defense Bill

November 5, 2015
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today acted to provide critical support to our military by voting in support of S. 1356, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill authorizes critical funding for the Department of Defense to give our service men and women the tools and resources they need to defend our nation. This bill was passed by the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support.  The bill passed by a vote of 370-58.

“Our military stands watch in defense of liberty and deserves a government that provides the support they need,” Rep. Olson said. “It was shameful that our Commander-in-Chief vetoed the previous defense bill. This critical bill provides our troops with pay raises and gives them the tools and resources they need to do a dangerous job on our behalf. It also helps our allies in Europe and our Middle East allies, who want to fight ISIS.  I urge the Senate to act quickly and get this bill to the president’s desk.”

FY 2016 NDAA - Highlights

  • Funding levels are consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 - $607 billion in defense for FY 2016.
  • The Bipartisan Budget Act restores $33 billion to defense spending in FY 2016 and provides two years of certainty for our military.
    • $607 billion in defense funding for FY 2016 (including $59b in OCO)
    • $610 billion in defense funding for FY 2017 (including $59b in OCO)
  • The Conference Agreement includes reforms to the acquisition system that improve accountability, simplify the chain of command, and streamline the bureaucracy.
  • Provides a retirement plan to 83% of service men and women currently not eligible through a Thrift Savings Plan.
  • Directs resources to key priorities: 12 F/A 18-F Super Hornets, 6 JSF, A-10, Javelin, rotorcraft modernization for the Army National Guard, Israeli Cooperative Missile Defense, and additional unfunded requirements.
  • Ensures that post commanders can permit members of the Armed Forces to carry firearms at DOD installations, reserve centers, and recruiting centers.
  • Provides lethal defensive assistance to Ukraine.
  • Prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States and limits transfers to foreign countries.

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