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FY-17 defense authorization bill signed into law

December 23, 2016 |
John Liang
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Nearly three months into fiscal year 2017, President Obama today signed the defense authorization bill for this year.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry's (R-TX) statement:

"After overwhelming votes of bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, it is reassuring to see the President sign this year’s defense bill to further reform and rebuild our military.  This is a significant step for our troops, our allies, and America’s national security, but there is still much work ahead to repair the damage done to our military over the past several years."

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain's (R-AZ) statement:

"With the President's signature today, the National Defense Authorization Act has now been passed and signed into law for 55 consecutive years. The bold reforms achieved in this year's legislation on defense acquisition, military healthcare, military justice, and security cooperation are a worthy contribution to this historic legacy of bipartisan support for our troops. And I am especially proud that this legislation provides our troops with the largest military pay raise since 2010."