Joint Explanatory Statement to Accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014by Representative Loretta Sanchez
Posted on 2013-12-12
SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I thank both Adam
Smith and my fellow Californian, Chairman Buck McKeon, for getting us
to this point. It was very, very difficult. I know that on the Tactical
Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, Chairman Mike Turner, his leadership
really led us to be able to get our work done.
Our subcommittee looks at equipping our troops in particular, everything from body armor to what types of planes they fly in, how we transport them, et cetera. This NDAA, I believe, reflects the needs of the troops in the field and our high-priority acquisition programs, as reflected in the President's budget.
It authorizes an additional $400 million for the National Guard and Reserve account and another $90 million for M1 Abrams tank upgrades for the Army National Guard.
The bill includes $1.3 billion for the U.S. Marine Corps ground equipment, and we continue to support Global Hawk through 2014.
One of the most important things that we do in our subcommittee is oversight of these very large acquisition programs. In particular, this year, we took a look at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the body armor programs for our troops. How do we have the right body armor for men and women? How do we make sure we are upgrading and keeping it moving forward in a time when we are bringing back troops and we are getting out of two ground wars? And, of course, the F-35, our only protection plane for the next 20 years, which we share with some of our allies. So it is important to make sure that we get that cost down. These are the types of oversight that we have done.
The bill also includes $746 million in targeted reductions to eliminate wasteful spending at the DOD.
I wish to thank all of the staff who helped us on this bill: in particular, Doug Bush, John Wason, Jesse Tolleson, John Sullivan, and Tim McClees.
I urge a ``yes'' vote on this.
Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Forbes), my friend and colleague, the chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.