WASHINGTON, D.C.(Press Release) – On Friday, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) voted in support of the annual defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The NDAA has passed Congress for sixty-one consecutive years.
“The NDAA is necessary to ensure our nation’s military remains the strongest in the world,” said Johnson. “This bill gives our nation’s defense the resources it needs and cuts unnecessary programs that distract from the goal of our military to protect and defend. The NDAA’s passage is a huge win for America.”
Johnson’s provision to prohibit China’s access to America’s supply chain data was included in the package.
The National Defense Authorization Act would:
- Provide a 5.2% increase in service member basic pay, the largest pay raise in over 20 years.
- Eliminates $40 billion of wasteful and unnecessary spending.
- Authorize $395 million for Ellsworth construction projects and $2.325 billion for B-21 procurement. This is beneficial for the Black Hills community, which has been faced with unique challenges to provide housing, education, and infrastructure for the military families coming to the area.
- Counter the Chinese Communist Party by increasing deterrence funds and rejecting President Biden’s effort to reduce the size of our Navy.
- Prohibit taxpayer funding for access to abortions by military members.
- Provide accountability and oversight of aid to Ukraine.
- End “woke” training in military facilities such as critical race theory, funding for drag shows, and the progressive climate change intiatives.