For Immediate Release:
Washington D.C.- Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement today after bipartisan passage of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that included three critical national security amendments authored by Cheney.
“This bill takes a critical step forward in fulfilling President Trump’s promise to rebuild our military following devastating defense cuts during the Obama Administration. While more funds are necessary to fully modernize our defense capabilities and restore the readiness of our force, the funding authorized by this bill is a significant improvement over the initial budget request and far better than the dangerously low levels mandated by the Budget Control Act. I was also pleased that the bill fully funds the pay increase for our troops and provides critical support for the missions carried out by servicemen and women at F.E. Warren and those serving in the Wyoming National Guard,” Cheney said.
“New and emerging threats underscore the need to rebuild America’s military infrastructure to ensure our men and women in uniform are fully trained, equipped and prepared to defend the nation. I was proud to author and secure passage of three major amendments which enhance extended nuclear deterrence following recent provocations by the North Korean regime, prevent further reductions to our deployed ICBM fleet, and prepare for possible Russian non-compliance with New START,” Cheney concluded.
Three critical amendments that protect America’s national security were authored by Congressman Cheney and included in the 2018 NDAA:
Cheney Amendment 11: Enhances Extended Deterrence in the Asia-Pacific Region
- In light of the North Korean’s recent successful test of an ICBM, this amendment reevaluates America’s extended deterrence (military assets, exercises, sales) in the Asia-Pacific region to ensure we have an effective deterrent in place.
- Requires the Secretary of Defense to consult with the Commanders to develop a plan to enhance extended deterrence in Asia-Pacific region.
Cheney NDAA Amendment 14: Prevents Further Reductions in Deployed Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) fleet.
- This amendment reaffirms our commitment to the nuclear triad and will ensure that our current fleet of deployed ICBMs remains at or above 400 deployed ICBMs.
Cheney NDAA Amendment 90: Combat Russian Non-Compliance with New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
- Russia is currently non-compliant in two of the three categories agreed to in the New START Treaty.
- This amendment requires the Department of Defense and the State Department to develop a plan to respond if Russia fails to come fully into compliance by the treaty deadline of February 2018.
The 2018 NDAA also strengthens the role Wyoming plays in maintaining our national defense. Specifically the legislation:
- Expedites the procurement of replacement helicopters for the aging fleet of Vietnam-era helicopters that are currently tasked with keeping our missile fields secure.
- Requires the Air Force to review and develop options to improve dormitory and housing options for young airmen stationed at F.E. Warren and other Air Force bases.
- Provides the authority necessary for the Department of Defense to reimburse states for future costs incurred from fighting wildfires caused by DoD activities like the 2012 wildfire at Camp Guernsey.
- Advances the previously negotiated transfer of the decommissioned Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility known as Quebec-01 from F.E. Warren to the state of Wyoming to create a museum highlighting the import strategic deterrent mission at F.E. Warren.
- Extends the current ban on removing the historic Bells of Balangiga from F.E. Warren.
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