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Wittman Applauds House Passage of FY24 NDAA

Secures Major Wins for Virginia

Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24).

“With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Iran’s proxy conflict with Israel, North Korea’s long range ballistic missile development, and China’s belligerence in the South China Sea, an axis of evil is rising again,” said Rep. Wittman. “These nations seek to challenge the world order that has provided our nation’s prosperity since World War II. But we are answering the call with this year’s NDAA. We drafted this bill to address these growing national security threats, while taking care of our servicemembers.”

The FY24 NDAA authorizes funding for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for the next fiscal year and serves as the primary vehicle through which defense policy is enacted. The NDAA is historically one of Congress’ most bipartisan bills as it has been passed and signed into law every year for the past six decades. 

The FY24 NDAA contains many provisions that will benefit Virginia, which Rep. Wittman advocated for, including:  

Regional Interests 

  • Establishes Marine Corps Heritage Center and National Museum of the Marine Corps 
  • Fully or incrementally funds $555 million in military construction funding at installations across the Commonwealth

Shipbuilding and Repair Equities

  • Rejects the Biden administration’s effort to reduce the size of the Navy by saving four ships from early retirement, including the USS Tortuga in Norfolk, preserving ships available for homeporting in Virginia
  • Builds an additional ship by providing $1 billion to support a new San Antonio-class amphibious ship
  • Requires the Navy to deliver a plan to maintain ships through their expected service life
  • Establishes grant program expanding private shipyard construction capacity
  • Unlocks $3 billion in Australian investment in the U.S. submarine industrial base by supporting the AUKUS security pact   

Military and Servicemember Priorities

  • Prevents the early retirement of F-22s at Joint Base Langley-Eustis
  • Supports a 5.2% increase in servicemember basic pay, the largest pay raise in over 20 years
  • Authorizes license portability for mental health professionals who provide non-medical counseling services, increasing their capacity to support servicemembers around the country

Border Security 

  • Fully funds the deployment of National Guard troops in support of border patrol activities at the Southwest Border 
  • Requires an interagency strategy to target, disrupt, and degrade threats to national security caused by fentanyl trafficking
  • Enhances support for counterdrug and counter transnational organized crime activities by adding planning services to the types of support that the DoD can provide law enforcement

Oversight for Ukraine

  • Creates a Special Inspector General to oversee all U.S. security assistance to Ukraine and to thoroughly investigate any instance of waste, fraud, abuse, corruption, or diversion of weapons, in line with the congressman’s bill: The Independent and Objective Oversight of Ukrainian Assistance Act 
  • Provides the Special IG with direct hire authority to rapidly expand the number of auditors reviewing Ukraine security assistance 
  • Requires GAO to assess DoD’s end use monitoring programs and provide recommendations to Congress on ways to strengthen them