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Supporting Our Military and Protecting Michigan's Assets

August 8, 2018

As your representative in Congress, I want to share news about a bill that recently passed the House and Senate, and is on its way to President Trump for signature.

For the 58th straight year, members of the House and Senate were able to reach a bipartisan consensus and pass a bill that supports our military and our nation. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is in line with Trump Administration requests, includes significant funding to ensure readiness, maintain equipment, and restore our nation’s military capabilities. It also provides a 2.6% pay raise for our troops, the largest in 9 years.

The bill protects the United States from malicious technology from Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE by banning those companies from working with the U.S. government and U.S. government related entities. It maintains sanctions against - and invests in military capabilities to confront - threats from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and more.

For Michiganders back home, the NDAA includes funds for wing replacement and modernization of A-10s housed at Selfridge ANGB, authorizes upgrades for Stryker A1 combat vehicles and Abrams tanks, and includes my language affirming the national security importance of the Soo Locks. 

As you may know, nearly all domestic iron ore – which is required for certain steel production, a substantial part of our economy and essential for national defense – travels through the Soo Locks. There is no redundancy or alternatives to the locks. That’s why I am glad this NDAA urges the US Army Corps of Engineers, and all involved executive branch agencies, to expedite any necessary reviews, analysis, and approvals in order to speed the required upgrades at the Soo Locks. I will continue to do everything and anything I can in Congress to get this project built, both as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, conversations with my colleagues and the Administration, or on bills like this.

Finally, the bill included my amendment that focuses on eliminating burdensome and ineffective procurement rules that add no value and result in no cost savings to the government or contractors.

Signing of this NDAA into law ensures our military has the resources and training to secure our nation.


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To watch a video I made about the NDAA, please click here or on the image above.


Paul Mitchell

Member of Congress