WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement regarding the House’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“Under President Trump, America has finally started leading on the world stage again and made it clear to our enemies that we have zero tolerance for terrorism. Republicans in Congress are standing fully behind those efforts with today’s passage of the FY2019 NDAA, which will give President Trump and Secretary Mattis the tools they need to protect our interests here at home and abroad in order to keep our country safe. This bill will increase funding for our military readiness by investing in new technologies, war fighting tools, and increased number of troops, while also putting the safety of our troops first by investing in upgraded, safer equipment. Most importantly, it provides the largest pay increase for our men and women in uniform in nearly a decade.

“I encourage the Senate to act quickly to pass this bill so we can get it to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.”