SUPPORTING TROOPS THROUGH NDAA; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 128
(House of Representatives - July 21, 2020)

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  (Mr. MEUSER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. MEUSER. Madam Speaker, since taking office, President Trump has 
delivered on his promise to rebuild our military.

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  The Mac Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act fully funds the 
President's budget request, authorizing funding for national defense 
commitments at home and abroad.
  This bill includes a 3 percent pay raise for our troops and their 
families. If anyone deserves a raise, it is the brave men and women in 
uniform who sacrifice so much while defending freedom around the world.
  This bill also provides critical investments in artificial 
intelligence and makes sure our military can prepare for and respond to 
emergent threats from China and other adversaries around the world.
  This bill also provides funding for the Space Force, a strategic area 
where we have fallen well behind over the years.
  Parts of this bill also ensure that the Department of Defense has the 
resources to protect our Armed Forces from the coronavirus, with 
funding for PPE and testing capabilities.
  Portions of this bill show the world that the U.S. military is strong 
and will preserve peace through strength, a top priority of President 
Trump. This bill continues to make up for the shortfalls of the past 
and sends a clear message to our servicemembers that we have their