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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the passage of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“The 2019 NDAA continues Congress’s effort to support our troops by rebuilding a dominant military. The bill increases funding for troop readiness, research, and acquisition of next-generation weapons. It also authorizes the largest pay raise in nine years for our troops. This is a well-deserved reward for the men and women who keep America safe.

“The United States faces threats from predatory powers such as China, rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea, and radical terrorist groups. America desires peace with all nations, but we must be prepared to meet every threat with overwhelming force if necessary. As Memorial Day approaches, Congress has passed an NDAA that will help our military deter conflict and achieve total victory on future battlefields.”