Alexander: $750 Billion Defense Bill Includes Pay Raises, Better Housing and More Equipment for Troops

Posted on June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2019 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate today establishes the nation’s military spending priorities for troops, including those at Ft. Campbell, and supports important U.S. Department of Energy national security programs at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

“Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces,” Alexander said. “This defense bill authorizes pay raises for troops at Ft. Campbell and makes important investments in research and development of new technology so our military can deal with new and emerging threats. This bill also authorizes funding for advanced equipment to help ensure the men and women of the armed forces have the tools they need to protect American interests at home and abroad. It also improves housing and helps increase employment opportunities for military spouses, which was a priority for Senator Blackburn. She deserves credit for working to address this problem through her membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee.”

Alexander continued: “This legislation also strengthens our national security by supporting important programs at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge to help modernize and maintain our nuclear weapons arsenal.”

The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $750 billion to fund the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, which includes the following priorities:

  • A 3.1 percent pay increase for members of the military, including troops at Ft. Campbell.
  • $23.2 billion for U.S. Department of Energy national security programs, which support critical work at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
  • Strengthens our national security by authorizing funds for nuclear weapons modernization, replacement of our strategic missile submarines, and environmental cleanup.
  • Provides $1.4 billion above the administration’s request for science, technology and research programs, including over $200 million for hypersonics programs, like ones carried out at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma.
  • Supports U.S. military forces stationed in Europe to counter Russian aggression.
  • Prohibits transferring detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
  • Supports development of advanced equipment to help ensure the men and women of the armed forces have the tools they need protect American interests abroad and work with our allies to defeat ISIL, al Qaeda, and other violent extremist organizations.
  • Creates more employment opportunities for military spouses by supporting the creation of interstate compacts and helping military spouses get re-certified or re-licensed in their occupation if they move to a different state.
  • Reforms the private military housing program so our service members and their families have access to safe and affordable housing and ensuring proper oversight of government contractors.