Dec 18, 2012
Congressman J. Randy Forbes Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and conferee for the National Defense Authoirzation Act for Fiscal Year 2013, announced the following key outcomes effecting national defense included in the conference report accompanying H.R. 4310.
“This year’s defense authorization bill not only ensures that our nation’s military is ready, but it makes key investments to maintain its future success,” said Congressman Forbes. “Despite an Administration that is dedicated to dismantling our Armed Services through budget cuts, base closings and pink slips, this bill works to maintain the strong national defense that every American deserves.”
- Rejects the Administration's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) proposal.
- Protects the skilled labor force for our aircraft carrier industrial base by ensuring the nuclear refueling, defueling and complex overhaul of a carrier will continue to be conducted by America's shipyards.
- Authorizes $486.2 million TOTAL for Virginia construction projects as requested by the services in the President's Budget, including $81 million for an Individual Training Barracks Complex at Fort Lee and $11.1 million for a Special Operations Force Combat Service Support Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story.
- Prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
- Includes provisions to encourage the development and promulgation of a set of Modeling and Simulation Grand Challenges for the research community that would enhance interagency coordination.
- Implements recommendations from the HASC Financial Management and Auditability Reform Panel that will improve execution and management of DoD audit planning programs.
- Denies the Administration's plan to scrap at least three cruisers in FY13 well before the end of their expected service life of 35 years. Legislation will not only retain these national assets but also prohibit the expenditure of FY13 funds to make preparations to retire or deactivate any Cruisers or Dock Landing Ships (LSDs).
- Increases the authorized multi-year procurement from 9, to up to 10 Virginia-class submarines.
- Increases the authorized multi-year procurement from 9, to up to 10 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
- Directs the Secretary of Defense to better prepare our military to operate in tomorrow's potentials security environments, where access to satellite communications and the electromagnetic spectrum may be denied.
- Directs the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, in consultation with the Commanders from Pacific Command and Central Command, to conduct an independent assessment of any gaps in intelligence that limit the ability to address challenges posed by China, North Korea, and Iran. This provision was based on an Amendment introduced by Rep. Forbes.
- Authorizes a 1.7% pay increase and extends bonuses and special pay for our men and woman in uniform.
- Strengthens conscience protections for Chaplains and Servicemembers to protect individual religious freedoms from religious persecution.
- Honors our commitment to service members and their families by rejecting Administration proposals to increase some TRICARE fees and establish other new TRICARE fees.
Congressman Forbes has been appointed Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.
About the Annual National Defense Policy Bill
The annual national defense policy bill, or National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, authorizes the enactment of appropriations for DoD programs and initiatives while setting forth priorities, organizational structure, and responsibilities of program and agency officials. The bill consists of portions, or marks, written and approved by each Subcommittee. The full Armed Services Committee considered the legislation, including proposed amendments, and voted to report the bill for consideration before the House of Representatives. Upon passage, the bill will be sent to the Senate. Typically after the Senate passes its version of the legislation, Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees conference to reconcile differences and agree upon a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which will be sent to the President for his signature.
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