Bishop votes to pass 2018 Defense Spending Bill

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:

“This year’s NDAA finally recognizes that the 4 budget cuts and 2 manpower cuts to our military during the Obama years have harmed our military readiness. This bill, with a strong bipartisan vote, finally realizes this trend must be reversed. It provides the pathway to rebuild our military infrastructure. There are several provisions that will be of benefit to Utah’s Hill Air Force Base and the civilian and military workforce that makes Hill so essential to our military success.”

BACKGROUND: As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, a number of Rep. Bishop’s priorities were included in the House’s base bill and the Conference Report. Those priorities include 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. Also, efforts of Rep. Bishop will extend direct hiring authority for Hill AFB. This authority will allow Hill leaders to expedite the hiring process for civilian employees.