House passes annual defense spending bill

Representative Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2810, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“This year’s funding levels are a vast improvement over recent years, and will help as we address serious readiness shortfalls that plagued the military under the Obama Administration. 

“Language contained in the bill also means Utah and Hill Air Force Base will continue in its critical role as a player in our national defense. Full funding for the F-35 program, and various construction projects at Hill secures the Base as the home of 5th generation fighters for a long time to come. 

“The funding increases in this legislation translate directly to enhanced operations and greater maintenance capability at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, and other areas where depot work is carried out.”

As a senior member of the House Armed Services  Committee,and Utah’s sole representation on a defense committee, a number of Rep. Bishop’s priorities were included in the base bill. Those priorities included the construction of a Consolidated Mission Control Center, a Pump House, and a Life Support Facility to support the mission of the F-35 and other aircraft at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base.