Congressman Chris Stewart

Representing the 2nd District of Utah
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National Defense Authorization Act Passes the House, Includes Key Provisions for Utah

May 18, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the House of Representatives with key provisions that are critical for Utah. The bill provides for state management of Sage-Grouse, includes Rep. Chris Stewart’s bill that strengthens Utah’s Test and Training Range, and includes land exchanges that will be a boon to Utah’s public education funding.

“This legislation is critical, both for our country and for Utah’s significant role in national security,” Stewart said. “Through this bill, we support our men and women in uniform and provide the weapons and training they need to protect us and our allies. It also includes several big victories for Utah by including my bill improving the Utah Test and Training Range. Those changes will allow the Air Force to better test the F-35, resolve ownership of roads surrounding the training range, execute land exchanges that will decrease the amount of federally-owned land in Utah and provide increased funding for Utah’s public education. Overall, it’s a big win for our national security and for Utah.”

Specifically, the NDAA does the following:

  • Fully funds our military, including a long-overdue pay raise for our troops
  • Additional funding for the European Reassurance Initiative, to support European allies and counter Russian aggression
  • Increases funding for the Israeli cooperative missile defense program
  • Prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Bay and keeps terrorists at GITMO.
  • Stops the BLM’s efforts to lock up thousands of acres of land for the Sage Grouse
  • Includes Rep. Stewart’s Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) Encroachment Prevention and Temporary Closure Act, which strengthens the test and training range by creating special buffer zones, which allow the Air Force to properly train pilots and test equipment.
  • Improves access to healthcare for our troops and their families