Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s statement on President Trump signing FY19 National Defense Authorization Act.

“Today, President Trump signed into law a crucial piece of legislation, the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that authorizes funding levels and policies necessary to continue our efforts to rebuild our nation’s military.  The FY19 NDAA includes programs that will help restore readiness, replace aging equipment and develop the next generation of military technology.  In addition, there are several provisions in this year’s NDAA that are vital to the ongoing nuclear deterrence mission at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne. These include language prohibiting the number of deployed ICBMs from falling below the current level of 400 missiles and a section expediting the procurement of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent which will replace our aging fleet of Minuteman III missiles. In addition, I’m pleased I was able to include several provisions aimed at protecting our defense supply chain and communications networks from ongoing efforts by the Chinese to obtain information and technology critical to our national security. 

Restoring our military readiness following eight years of disastrous policies under the Obama Administration will be a multi-year effort.  We must also end congressional practices, like continuing resolutions and sequestration, that have contributed to our readiness crisis.  In addition, to adequately ensure we protect our military funding from political gamesmanship, we must repeal the Budget Control Act.  The BCA has enabled Democrats in Congress who want to hold our military funding hostage to unnecessary and wasteful domestic spending.  Today’s signing of the NDAA is an important step on the path of rebuilding our military, but it must also be accompanied by the appropriations legislation necessary to ensure these policies and priorities are fully funded. The House passed the FY19 defense appropriations bill in June. It’s now time for the Senate to pass their version of defense appropriations in order to send a final version to President Trump by the September 30th deadline to avoid another damaging continuing resolution.

I will continue fighting in Congress to ensure we carry out our most important constitutional obligation — providing resources for the defense of our nation.”