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Cheney: NDAA provides resources for our nation’s security and our freedom

Washington DCWyoming Congresswoman and House Committeewoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement after the House passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 Friday night:

“For more than 60 years, Congress has acted in a bipartisan manner to fulfill our most important duty: to provide resources for our nation’s security and our freedom.

“Our nation faces a global threat unlike anything we’ve seen since World War II. This NDAA provides funds to upgrade the Minuteman III at FE Warren, provides additional funding for assets used by the Wyoming National Guard, ensures that our men and women in uniform have the resources and capabilities necessary to defend against our adversaries, including increasing pay for our members, fights efforts to reduce our deterrence ability and much more.

“I am proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in fulfilling our commitment to defend our nation and look forward to the Senate passing this important legislation to support our military and ensure our national security.

BACKGROUND:

Representative Cheney secured the following priorities for inclusion in the final version of the FY23 NDAA:

  • Authorizes $3,617,290,000 in funding for the ground-based strategic deterrent, funding necessary to transition the Minuteman III to the modern Sentinel ICBM at FE Warren Air Force Base.
  • Critical news about the next generation fighter.
  • Holding the line on Democrats’ efforts to reduce our deterrent arsenal through cuts to sea-launched nuclear weapons research.
  • Preventing any reduction in US intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • Additional funding was secured for essential assets used by the WY National Guard.
  • Revision of the authority to award the Medal of Honor to a member of the armed forces for acts of valor while a prisoner of war.

Rep. Cheney also offered a number of amendments that were incorporated into the bill:

  • Report on Russian operations involving filtering camps for Ukrainian nationals.
  • Call for publication of the National Defense Strategy in an unclassified annex.
  • Authorization to award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Roderick W. Edmonds for acts of valor during World War II.
  • Power to award the Medal of Honor to a member of the armed forces for acts of gallantry while a prisoner of war.
  • Prohibition on reducing the number of US intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed in FY23.
  • Ground Interceptor Reports Director MDA on achievement of initial operational capability.

Along with a bipartisan group of members of the Armed Services Committee, Rep. Cheney supported the bill to increase the total funding for the Department of Defense to $37 billion, including a pay raise for service members.

Another provision included in this year’s NDAA provides $1,000 recruiting and retention bonuses to wildland firefighters, many of whom are veterans. This language was taken from Tim’s Act, which is legislation that Rep. Cheney presented with colleagues last year.

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