Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement regarding her appointment by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to serve on the conference committee for the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
“I’m honored to be asked by Speaker Ryan to serve on the conference committee for the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual NDAA authorizes critical programs and activities crucial for the defense of our nation and I look forward to working with my fellow conferees to ensure our servicemen and women have the resources they need to defend us against an increasingly complex threat environment. I will also fight to maintain provisions I had included in the House bill that are important to Wyoming, like provisions that support operations at F.E. Warren and a restriction on removing the Bells of Balangiga from Wyoming.”
Rep. Liz Cheney was able to secure multiple provision in the 2018 NDAA including requiring the Air Force to review and develop options to improve dormitory and housing options for airmen stationed at F.E. Warren and other Air Force bases, expediting the acquisition of replacement helicopters for the aging fleet of Vietnam-era helicopters that are currently tasked with keeping our missile fields secure, and providing the authority for the Department of Defense to reimburse states for future costs incurred from fighting wildfires caused by DoD. The NDAA also advances a previously negotiated transfer between F.E. Warren and the state of a decommissioned Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility to create a museum highlighting the import strategic deterrent mission at the base. Rep. Cheney also had language included in the House bill to extend the ban on removing a memorial to American soldiers killed in action during the Philippine-American War known as the Bells of Balangiga from F.E. Warren.