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King votes to provide troops with largest pay raise in nine years


This news story was published on May 25, 2018.
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Steve King
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congress too a a major step to rebuilding, maintaining, and strengthening U.S. armed forces with passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and Congressman Steve King released astatement following his vote in favor of the bill.

The NDAA is important national security legislation that provides authorization for funds to be spent on behalf of our nation’s troops, as well as authorization for funds to be spent on rebuilding, maintaining, and strengthening our military capabilities. The NDAA passed the House of Representatives today on a vote of 351-66.

“President Obama neglected to serve the needs of our military for years, and the result has been a decrease in America’s military strength that the National Defense Authorization Act was written to address,” said King. “President Trump promised to rebuild our military, and this bill does so. It contains the largest pay raise in nine years for our troops, and it provides resources for additional aircraft, tanks, and submarines. We live in a dangerous world, and it is imperative that America’s enemies know that we have a military that is fully capable of meeting any demand that is placed upon it.”

Some highlights of the NDAA include:

  • Fully funds 2.6% pay raise for the troops – the highest increase in nine years
  • The FY19 NDAA provides resources to rebuild our military and provides additional aircraft, ships, and systems for our warfighter, including:
    • 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters,
    • 135 M1 Abram tanks,
    • two Virginia-class attack submarines
    • fully funds the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine and the B-21 Raider bomber programs, and
    • accelerates construction of a fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier
    • Supports Afghan forces fighting the Taliban and other terrorist organizations, authorizes the Counter ISIS Train and Equip fund to support partners and allies combatting ISIS, and continues to support our counterterrorism mission
    • Modernizes our nuclear deterrent and provides necessary funding to support missile defense to counter threats from Iran and North Korea

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8 Responses to King votes to provide troops with largest pay raise in nine years

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Now that he’s in real danger of not being re-elected, he remembers we have troops. He needs to sponsor ONE bill that will pass, since he never has in his entire career, and figures this one will. He doesn’t care about our military, or anything but getting on Fox news as often as possible.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 26, 2018 at 11:44 am

      “Now that he’s in real danger of not being re-elected…” You wish. I’m noticing a trend here. Patriots really draw the donkey’s ire. Bwaahaaa

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 27, 2018 at 9:11 am

        Ha, YOU wish! Keep that head firmly planted in the sand, so you want have to watch the election results in a few months.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 28, 2018 at 9:11 am

      What did you Democrats aver do for the troops? Nothing!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    He is full of s_____t ! And needs to go !l Vote for Dr. John Paschen, Pediatrician from Ames or J.D.Scholten businessman from Sioux City !!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    That’s all swell and fine but you do know over 50% of the retired people on Social Security are living in poverty – shameful that the lower income SS folks could not get some kind of adjustment to make their retirement better – public servants/government employees have be given a 20% + raise over the last 5 years compared to the maybe 3% raise for SS recipients – and I don’t believe anyone making over $36k should recieve a raise in SS until the lower class $18k and less start catching up. National disgrace some of these people getting 700/800dollars per month – does’nt pay for insurance/taxes and food. Golden years going for welfare/illegals/and pork barrel projects. AND OH YEA ! and FOREIGN AID !