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July 14, 2015

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Edwards Statement After First Defense Bill Conference Committee Meeting

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) issued the below statement after today’s first meeting of the Conference Committee for the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bipartisan, bicameral committee is tasked with resolving the differences between the Senate and House versions of the annual defense authorization bill.

“As a member of the Conference Committee, I will advocate for a bipartisan and bicameral compromise that President Obama can sign that ensures our military has the necessary funding to address dangerous and evolving threats, grants relief from harmful sequestration cuts, simplifies the acquisition thresholds, and provides for our service members and their families, including a military pay raise,” Edwards said. “Further, to support our defense and cyber communities in Maryland, we must provide additional resources to improve transportation infrastructure around installations impacted by the 2005 BRAC process, while fighting against provisions that would negatively affect Department of Defense civilian employees by undermining veterans’ preferences, merit systems principles, and due process rights.”

Earlier this month, Congresswoman Edwards was the only Marylander and the only Democrat with a seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee named to this year’s NDAA Conference Committee.