U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY 18). The legislation passed by voice, sending the bill to the president for his signature. The NDAA passed the House by a vote of 356 to 70 on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
“I successfully fought to ensure that this year’s NDAA reflects that we are in the most threatened position our country has ever seen. Congress is sending a bill to the President that takes an important step forward in protecting American families by increasing missile defense to counter North Korea missile threats, supports the Ukrainian military’s efforts to curb Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, fully resourcing the fight against ISIS and Islamic extremism and increasing our end strength to address threats around the globe.
"As Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, I also worked to ensure this year’s NDAA begins to correct the severe readiness shortfalls that have starved our military by prioritizing acquisition reform, maintenance and modernization. Most importantly, this bill also includes many provisions that support the military presence throughout Oklahoma, including a pay increase for our troops, a prohibition on a Base Realignment and Closure round, authorizing funding for the Altus AFB Fire Station, AWACS, KC-46As and much needed military construction.”
Other Oklahoma provisions that Inhofe worked to include in the FY18 NDAA are:
- Civilian hiring authority to support the workforce at Tinker Air Force Base and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant
- Maintaining organic depot capacity to support the depots across Oklahoma
- Provisions for reviewing national security implications for future energy projects that may encroach on military installations
- Upgrading the fleet of AWACS – based entirely at Tinker Air Force Base
- Fully funding the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber, which could be sustained at Tinker Air Force Base
- Increased procurement of two additional KC-46 aircraft. Some of the aircraft will be housed at Altus Air Force Base, and Tinker Air Force Base will conduct all of the depot maintenance
- Increases funding for Impact Aid to local educational agencies with military dependent children
- Increases the duration of intergovernmental support agreements from five to 10 years to provide installation support services.
Senator Inhofe spoke on the Senate floor in support of the NDAA earlier this afternoon.