MacArthur Applauds Passage of Nation’s Defense Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman MacArthur today applauded the final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017:
“Our nation’s defense bill will provide the tools our war-fighters need to protect the freedom of American citizens and defend our national interests, while also preserving the future of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the tens of thousands of jobs in South Jersey that depend on it,” said Congressman MacArthur. “The NDAA boosts base funding to close the readiness gap, rebuild our military and ensure we honor the service of our troops and their families by giving them the full pay raise they have earned. This legislation is vitally important to our troops and their families, and both Democrats and Republicans were involved in negotiations to ensure passage in the House and Senate. This is the type of compromise we need more of in Washington and I urge the President to sign this immediately.”
Congressman MacArthur secured three provisions in the NDAA to study the feasibility of an East Coast missile defense system and prevent a base realignment and closure through 2017. Additionally, as an adoptive father to two of his three children, his focus on military families yielded an inclusion to allow couples serving in the military to take leave immediately following the adoption of a child, similar to the leave available after childbirth.