Rogers Praises NDAA Conference Report
Top Homeland Security Committee Republican says, “I’m pleased Democrats dropped their unreasonable demands that would have tied President Trump’s hands by limiting funding for the border wall and restricting the use of DoD assistance.”
WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, today urged members to support the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes a number of Rogers priorities, including ensuring President Trump has resources to secure the border.
Rogers remarks, as prepared for delivery.
I would like to thank Ranking Member Thornberry and Chairman Smith for their leadership in bringing this conference report to the floor.
I am very pleased that Space Force, an issue that my friend Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and I have been working on for several years is finally becoming a reality.
This report establishes the U.S. Space Force in Title 10 as the sixth Armed Service of the United States, under the U.S. Air Force.
It is the first new branch of the military since 1947.
It also recognizes space as a warfighting domain and authorizes the transfer of Air Force personnel to the newly established Space Force.
This is an important step for our national security.
Our adversaries are moving quickly in space and this new service will allow us to quickly realign our resources and efforts towards countering them.
Finally, the original House-passed NDAA, that every Republican opposed, included a number of open-border provisions that would have undermined our efforts to secure the Southwest border.
I’m pleased Democrats dropped their unreasonable demands that would have tied President Trump’s hands by limiting funding for the border wall and restricting the use of DoD assistance.
This is a strong defense bill and I urge the House to support this legislation.