From Rep. Mike Rogers: How the Defense bill affects East Alabama

This week the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) marked up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY ’19).  Although this bill focuses on our country’s Department of Defense, there are many pieces of the legislation that will have a huge impact in East Alabama.

The NDAA starts by strengthening our military after years of being weakened under the Obama Administration.

It gives a much-deserved 2.6 percent raise for our troops.  This is the biggest pay increase in almost a decade.

The Stryker A1 combat vehicle – which is overhauled and maintained at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) – will get an increase authorizing a total of $360 million.  I appreciate the committee recognizing the importance of this diverse combat vehicle after many of my colleagues from the House sent a letter to U.S. Army Secretary Esper to bring his attention to it.

For the ANAD, the NDAA provides another increase in funding – $21.8 billion for equipment maintenance and $3.7 billion for spare parts.  This will help ensure our troops have the best equipment we can provide them for training.

The NDAA also helps the ANAD by tweaking the carry-over formula to allow leaders at the Depot the flexibility needed to better manage their funding from year to year and not be penalized by issues out of their control.

Big picture, the NDAA also includes some movement on an important initiative I have been working on for a couple years.  It includes steps to help ensure we are on the right path when it comes to National Security Space. I was pleased to see President Trump recently reaffirmed his support for Space Force and I am hoping it will continue to gain traction. The NDAA still has a way to go in the legislative process, but I am optimistic it will be completed soon and help provide for our nation’s security and our brave men and women in uniform.

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Congressman Rogers recognizes National Police Week

Congressman Mike Rogers made the following statement recognizing National Police Week this week.  This year, May 13 – 19 is the designated week of recognition.

“Every single day, brave men and women protect us and keep us safe across East Alabama and the country.  These law enforcement officers put their lives at risk daily to help ensure the safety and security of our communities,” Rogers said.

Since Rogers began his service in Congress in 2003, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), East Alabama has lost the follow law enforcement officers:

Officer Keith Edwin Houts, Lieutenant Dexter Holcomb, Detective Corporal Kenneth Armstrong, Police Officer Kenneth “Greg” Surles, Correctional Officer Elizabeth Franklin, Conservation Officer Nathan Benjamin Mims, Correctional Officer Rodney Kelley, Trooper Ervin Michael Hawk Johnston, II, Police Officer Joshuah Patrick Broadway, Inspector David Howell Jennings, Conservation Officer James Lansford “Lance” Horner, Jr., Deputy Sheriff James W. Anderson, Police Officer Justin David Sollohub, Sergeant Daniel Verle Davis, Investigator Jeffrey Hugh Bryant, Police Officer David Lee Colley, Correctional Officer Kenneth Levella Bettis and Lieutenant Richard Glenn Woods.

“We will never forget those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and have served their local communities.  Today and every day, we salute our local law enforcement,” Rogers added.

From Rep. Mike Rogers