Leg­is­la­tion Pas­sage Ef­fort Sup­ported By Rep. Den­ham

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Pas­sage of H.R. 4909, the Na­tional De­fense Autho­riza­tion Act (NDAA), and H.R. 4974, the Mil­i­tary Con­struc­tion and Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Act, were sup­ported this week by U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeff Den­ham (R-Tur­lock).

“These bills en­sure that our mil­i­tary will be pro­vided with the re­sources and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to con­front threats and that our vet­er­ans get the care they de­serve,” said Rep. Den­ham. “I am proud to sup­port the men and women who put their lives on the line ev­ery day for our coun­try as well as the on­go­ing ef­fort to close the readi­ness gap.”

The NDAA au­tho­rizes $618.9 bil­lion in na­tional de­fense and mil­i­tary per­son­nel program spend­ing. It in­cludes pro­vi­sions to as­sist se­cu­rity forces in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism car­ried out by the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria, en­hances ac­cess to med­i­cal care for ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies, au­tho­rizes a much-de­served pay raise for troops and re­quires an up­dated na­tional de­fense strat­egy to more ac­cu­rately re­flect evolv­ing threats around the world. It also pro­hibits the clo­sure of the de­ten­tion cen­ter at Guan­tanamo Bay and pro­hibits the trans­fer of Guan­tanamo Bay de- tainees in U.S. fa­cil­i­ties.

The Mil­i­tary Con­struc­tion and Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Act pro­vides fund­ing for mil­i­tary con­struc­tion projects and the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs ( VA). This bill also funds ini­tia­tives to re­form the VA’s elec­tronic health record sys­tem through mod­ern­iza­tion, in­creases fund­ing for the VA Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion and pro­vides sup­port for claims and ap­peals pro­cess­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to re­duce back­logs.

“Our vet­er­ans de­serve the best care our coun­try can pro­vide,” Den­ham said.

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