Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) issued the following statement today after the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“The debt we owe to the men and women who serve in our armed forces can never fully be repaid,” Mullin said, “but we can start by ensuring that when they put their lives on the line for our country, they have the resources they need to return home safely to their families. By enhancing our military readiness and funding a well-deserved pay raise for our service members, the NDAA delivers on a promise to repair and reform our military.”
Language extending Congressman Mullin’s DOD Workforce Flexibility Act through Fiscal Year 2021 is included in the FY18 NDAA. This language was originally included in the FY17 NDAA with the help of Senator Inhofe and Congressman Russell. The DOD Workforce Flexibility Act grants flexibility in the hiring process for installations with a civilian workforce, like the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. Temporary employees would be able to apply for permanent positions in the installation without starting from scratch in the application process.
“In Oklahoma, the NDAA will provide flexibility to installations like the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in hiring their workforce,” Mullin added. “This means higher productivity and efficiency in the installations that produce resources for our military.”
“For too long, our troops have been asked to complete highly complex operations with the bare minimum,” Mullin said. “It is our duty to supply those who defend our country with the tools they need to succeed, and this bill fully delivers on that obligation. I am proud to support the passage of the NDAA for FY18.”
The NDAA for FY18 provides a blueprint for repairing and reforming our military. The bill increases personnel by 17,000 in three of the four branches. It also gives our men and women in uniform a 2.4% pay raise, the largest pay raise for our troops in eight years, and extends special pay and bonuses.
H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, passed the House by a vote of 344 – 81. The bill passed out of the Armed Services Committee by a bipartisan vote of 60 – 1.