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Walker Votes to Give NC Military Servicemen and Servicewomen the Largest Pay Raise in Nearly a Decade

July 26, 2018
Press Release
The House passes the NDAA Conference Report to give troops a raise, provide safer equipment to stop accidents, and fight sexual abuse and opioid addiction in the military.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a 359-54 vote:

“North Carolina is the nation’s most military friendly state with more than 112,000 active duty and reserve members and nearly 60,000 school-aged military children. This defense bill secures their financial future with the largest pay raise in nine years, while securing our entire nation. In addition to providing newer and safer military equipment to combat an alarming rise of deadly accidents as well as fighting sexual assault and opioid addiction, this legislation invests nearly $250 million in military construction at North Carolina bases like Fort Bragg, Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune.”

This legislation authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2019. The NDAA will also supports a 2.6 percent military pay raise, creates a three-year pilot program to limit the use of opioids and stop opioid addiction, and promotes sexual assault prevention and response to better assist victims. 

You can read the full text of the legislation here.