News from Representative Rouzer

   

Dear friends,

This week, with my support, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018, which increased authorized funding levels for the military in order to better equip our men and women in uniform so we can improve our military readiness and capabilities.  

Since the Sequester cuts started several years ago, our military has just been getting by – enduring annual cuts to funding as our world becomes a much more dangerous place.  We have asked our men and women who serve to do more with less and because of this, tough readiness choices have had to be made.   

The House of Representatives took action on Friday to address this readiness crisis by increasing defense spending to $696.1 billion — a 10 percent increase over last year’s spending level.  This boost in spending will help to better ensure that our service members have the tools necessary to complete their missions safely and efficiently while working to protect our vital interests in the world as well as combating terrorism both at home and abroad.  

The FY18 NDAA strengthens our national security by:

  • Providing for U.S. involvement and support for efforts in strategic regions around the world;
  • Fulfilling the request of the Army, Navy and Air Force with thousands of additional personnel;
  • Increasing missile defense funding by $2.5 billion;
  • Modernizing our nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense, and military vehicles;
  • Supporting defensive and offensive cyberspace strategy; and,
  • Ensuring that no terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay are transferred to American soil;

The NDAA provides for our troops and their families by:

  • Fully funding a well-deserved pay increase;
  • Blocking misguided attempt to close military medical facilities upon which our deployed troops and their families rely; and,
  • Providing commonsense resources to help families manage challenges like relocations – including reimbursements for spouse’s obtaining licensing/certification in another state.

Lastly, the authorization bill reforms the way the Pentagon does business by:

  • Updating the retirement system, improving the military healthcare system and streamlining our military acquisition system so that the Department of Defense conducts business in a more cost-effective and transparent manner.

The funding levels authorized in FY18 NDAA are critical to maintaining and strengthening our operations abroad, as well as at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and all the other installations across our country.  We owe it to the service members and military families of Southeastern North Carolina to pass this vital authorization of funding so that we can defeat terrorism, combat the growing security threats we face and keep our homeland safe.

POTUS SIGNS VA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT INTO LAW

Our veterans deserve the very best care our country has to offer.  This is why the House of Representatives recently took action to pass a comprehensive bill to increase accountability and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act makes it easier for senior officials to fire bad employees and provides protection for whistleblowers who shed light on wrongdoing at the agency.

Our veterans have answered the call of duty to protect our great nation from harm, and it is our obligation to provide the best care for our veterans and ensure that the scandals which occurred at the VA never happen again.  

I am proud this bill has been signed into law by President Trump, and I will continue to support common sense measures to protect our veterans and strengthen our military.

ROUZER MEETS WITH ASH NATIVE, 2017 COAST GUARDSMEN OF THE YEAR

Each year, since 2001, Military Times awards one individual from each branch of the military for one’s exemplary achievement beyond the call of duty.  This week, I had the honor to welcome Electrician’s Mate 1st Class William Gore, of Ash, North Carolina, while he was in Washington, D.C. for the Service Members of the Year Awards Ceremony.

Gore has been named the “2017 Coast Guardsmen of the Year” for his non-profit work aimed at giving back to underprivileged children in Honduras.  Named after Danilo Martinez, the father of Gore’s wife and a small business owner in Honduras, Danilo’s Cares seeks to uphold strong Christian values and compassion while improving the quality of life for impoverished children.  Danilo’s Cares takes a multifaceted approach on community development, including providing dental hygiene, literacy programs, environmental outreach and whatever else is deemed necessary to better communities and help the poor in Honduras. 

On behalf of the citizens of the 7th Congressional District, I commend his service to our country and his selfless work, time and money to provide for impoverished youth!

REMEMBERING THE MARINES OF 4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING

Earlier this week, we learned of a tragic aircraft crash in Mississippi claiming the lives of 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman.  Six of the Marines and the sailor were from the elite 2nd Marine Raider Battalion based in Camp Lejeune.  We have since learned the names of the Marines and Navy Corpsman of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion who have fallen:  Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox, Staff Sgt. William Kundrat, Sgt. Chad E. Jenson, Sgt. Talon R. Leach, Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Lohrey, Sgt. Joseph J. Murray and Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman.  Please join me in praying for the families, friends and loved ones of these brave heroes.  This accident is a grave reminder of the daily sacrifices made by the men and women who serve.  It is our duty as citizens to never forget the legacy and contributions of all those who answer the call of duty.




Sincerely,

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