July 21, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 128 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
SUPPORTING TROOPS THROUGH NDAA; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 128
(House of Representatives - July 21, 2020)
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[Pages H3597-H3598] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUPPORTING TROOPS THROUGH NDAA (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. [[Page H3598]] 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 backs. ____________________