Today Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes critical funding for Fairchild Air Force Base in Eastern Washington. She released the following statement after the vote:
“Our primary obligation is the safety and security of the American people,” said McMorris Rodgers. “As the world becomes more dangerous and our enemies more complex, America’s leadership is needed on the world stage now more than ever. I am proud to represent Fairchild Air Force Base in Eastern Washington, and the men and women based there are a constant reminder that we can never thank our military personnel enough for their service. One way we can show our gratitude is by ensuring they have the necessary resources and equipment to keep us safe.
“With this year’s defense bill, we’re making sure our troops are ready with the resources and training they need to keep us safe. At home in Eastern Washington, Fairchild Air Force Base will be authorized to receive resources to enhance its Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Training School.
“The NDAA is not just spending more – it’s about spending better, by using taxpayer dollars wisely and stressing the importance of rebuilding our military. This is our opportunity to review, rethink, and improve programs, and it’s an opportunity we take seriously. In fact, we should be having the same conversation we have for the Defense Department for every program, and every agency.”