Bill Funds Military, National Security Projects & SRS

Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement after House passage of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act conference report:

“As Chairman of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and one of Speaker Ryan’s conferees, I strongly support the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act and celebrate House passage of the conference report.

“The defense bill represents a huge win for South Carolina, one of the nation’s proudest military states, because it authorizes funding for vital military and national security investments such as the Savannah River Site, including the continued construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility.

“The report also includes my bill, H.R. 903, that prohibits funding the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, an unnecessary organization that prepares for the entry into a treaty that was never ratified by Congress, in turn saving taxpayers millions of dollars.”

“Finally, I am grateful for the bill’s permanent extension of the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance, under the Survivor Benefit Plan, that finally does away with the widow’s tax. Our military personnel, so many of whom call South Carolina home, risk their lives to defend our nation, and they should be able to trust that the benefits they designate for their spouses and families will always be there.”

Congressman Wilson delivered remarks regarding the FY18 NDAA conference report on the House floor on Tuesday afternoon.