Veasey Amendments Accepted in FY18 NDAA Markup
Washington, D.C. -Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, released the following statement after three of his amendments were accepted during the House Armed Services Committee’s 14-hour markup of H.R. 2810, The FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“Every year, the House Armed Service Committee (HASC) is responsible for shaping the priorities of our armed forces and provides guidance on resources and policy to support our service members and their families for the coming year.
I am proud to report that three of my amendments were adopted. These amendments empower retiring service members, evaluate the recruitment and retention rates of diverse military service academy attendees and graduates, and support suicide risk factor training for military family members. The version of the NDAA that passed last night in committee also included continued support for the F-35 fighter jet and V-22 Osprey programs which means the DFW Metroplex will continue to play a critical role in U.S. military efforts while maintaining a strong local economy.
At a time when our country is facing an onslaught of cyberattacks on both public and private entities, I was disappointed that the Committee failed to adopt my amendment which calls for a study on the feasibility of establishing a separate military force dedicated to fighting within cyberspace. The frequency of attacks from our adversaries requires immediate attention and I look forward to continuing to work with my HASC colleagues to address this issue.
Additionally, another measure I introduced that would have evaluated how allowing DACA recipients to apply to service academies would impact overall diversity among military officers failed to be adopted. A varied range of skillsets will contribute to our military readiness and supporting a diverse set of candidates should be a priority in order to build the force of the future.
During this period of increased global threats, we must ensure that our military units, our service members, and their families are fully supported with the resources they need.”