Rep. Curbelo on NDAA
Washington, D.C. — Today, the House passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2016 by a vote of 269-151. This transformative bill will strengthen our armed services and provide stability to the brave men and women of our military. The FY16 NDAA also included a bill introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), H.R. 1386, the SESO Act. Rep. Curbelo issued the following statement:
“The NDAA includes full range authorization for military operations for FY 2016 at $611.8 billion, with $89.3 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. This bill provides our troops with the resources they need by reallocating funds to more crucial priorities, which will in turn improve our military's efficiency and dexterity.
I am also honored that my bill, H.R. 1386, the SESO Act, was included in the FY16 NDAA. Currently, our federal government procurement bidding methods are overly complicated, especially for small businesses. The SESO Act gives entrepreneurs new opportunities intended to simplify the government procurement bidding process, making it fairer for small businesses to compete in the marketplace.
While the FY16 NDAA bill includes many positive provisions, I was disappointed that an amendment was adopted to remove a non-binding request that the Defense Secretary study the feasibility of allowing DACA individuals to earn legal status by serving in our military. For most of these young people, the United States is the only country they have ever called home. Allowing the Secretary of Defense to study the benefits of allowing them to serve in our military should be something our country is proud to support.
Overall, the FY16 NDAA bill is a step in the right direction to transforming our military into a force that can address the growing threats facing our country. I cast my vote in favor of this important legislation and look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of its implementation.”