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NTU urges Congress to vote as follows on H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015
May 21, 2014
H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, marks a significant missed opportunity to restrain military spending and address longstanding waste at the Pentagon amid persistent debt and deficits that continue to create economic uncertainty. While the legislation does stay within the more generous spending levels outlined in the Ryan-Murray budget agreement, it does so by avoiding tough decisions, shifting funds to protect pet programs, and projecting future spending levels far above the caps still in force under the Budget Control Act. The NDAA does the Pentagon and taxpayers no favors by further kicking the can down on the road and making future changes all the harder.
Specifically, H.R. 4435 perpetuates wasteful spending by rejecting the next Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, an initiative that would eliminate unnecessary military properties and reap compounding savings for taxpayers. The legislation also rejected common-sense personnel benefit reforms put forward by the Administration concerning TRICARE, housing allowances, and commissaries in an attempt to rein in what is becoming an increasingly large proportion of the defense budget. Though the White House has not provided a specific Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget request, the outsized $79.4 billion stipulated in H.R. 4435 far eclipses the anticipated costs of our diminished role in Afghanistan and practically ensures further base budget expenses will be shifted off the books to OCO.
Still, lawmakers have the opportunity to improve on the underlying legislation and to that end, NTU urges Representatives to vote as follows on amendments to H.R. 4435:
NTU will consider “NO” votes on the following amendments to be the pro-taxpayer position:
NTU will consider “YES” votes on the following amendments to be the pro-taxpayer position:
Roll call votes on the above amendments to H.R. 4435 will be included in NTU’s annual Rating of Congress.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift at (703) 683-5700