July 12, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Statement on House Passage of NDAA

New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2500, FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. This responsible national defense authorization bill authorizes the funding needed for a strong, smart national defense strategy. It lays out our priorities to defend our nation, protect our interests abroad, and, most importantly, support our troops.

“Ensuring the safety and security of our country and all Americans is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. New Democrat Coalition Members were proud to support the passage of this year’s defense authorization which gives our service members what they need to be successful in their mission. The bill is a step towards reaffirming American leadership in the world, and meets our obligations to service members when they transition back to civilian life, as well as to their families. The New Dems want to recognize our coalition member Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, for his extraordinary leadership throughout this process.”