11.16.17

Senator David Perdue Supports Critical Annual Defense Bill

Bill increases troops' pay, expands military, improves resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the passage of Congress’ annual defense bill, which he and a team negotiated between the House and Senate. The final bill included 30 of Senator Perdue’s priorities important to Georgians and now heads to President Trump for his signature. 

“Sixteen years at war, six years of arbitrary defense budget cuts, and Washington's broken budget process have resulted in a military readiness gap and depleted resources.” said Senator Perdue. “However, this year’s defense bill takes critical steps to support and modernize our all-volunteer force. The Armed Services Committees fought to ensure our troops are equipped with the resources they need as they carry out their mission, including assets unique to Georgia such as the JSTARS fleet. Making sure we have a clear understanding of how the Pentagon is using its resources is key to strengthening our capabilities. That’s why we’ve required the Department of Defense to prepare its financial statements to produce an audit by the end of 2018. This is a step in the right direction but our armed forces need to be able to rely on steady and continued support from Congress.”

Background

As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and NDAA conferee, Senator Perdue was an active participant in discussions around this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The defense bill includes the below provisions important to Georgia’s military community:

  • Funding for use of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) fleet, as well as language regarding the recapitalization plan and prohibition for retiring the fleet, which is flown out of Robins Air Force Base;
  • Joint-use of the runway at Dobbins Air Force Base;
  • Construction for a Combat Vehicle Warehouse at Albany Marine Corps Logistic Base;
  • Upgrades to the air traffic control tower at Fort Benning, Georgia;
  • Production of 20 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft manufactured in Marietta, Georgia;
  • Construction funds for the Air Force Reserve Command mission complex at Robins Air Force Base;
  • Upgrades to the A-10C Warthog wing, which will help preserve close-air support capability provided by units like those at Moody Air Force Base;
  • Expansion of cyber operations, including operations at Fort Gordon;
  • Upgrades to 85 M1A2 Abrams tanks and 93 Bradley Fighting vehicles, which will benefit the armored brigade combat teams at Fort Stewart.

### 

 Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.