MIL-OSI USA: Congressman Lamborn’s Floor Remarks on the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Doug Lamborn (5th District of Colorado)

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Doug Lamborn made the following remarks on the House floor urging his colleagues to vote in support of the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025:

Congressman Lamborn’s remarks as prepared:

“Thank you, Chairman Rogers.

I rise today in strong support of the fiscal year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act. This bill prioritizes our military, safeguards their rights, and puts forward a fighting force that will stand against the threats facing the United States of America.

As Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, I believe this bill continues the tradition of bipartisan work for which our subcommittee has been known. This bill supports the ongoing efforts to modernize America’s nuclear deterrent and the laboratory and production infrastructure managed by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Additionally, the bill starts to address some of these risks that were taken on by the Biden Administration by partially restoring funding to the SM-3 production line. Which is part of the Aegis[1](Ee-Jus) system that so successfully defended our ally Israel against Iran’s ballistic missile attack earlier this year. Finally, it requires the Space Force to budget and plan to integrate cutting-edge commercial systems.

Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to support this bill as it directly affects so many service members and their families that live in the fifth congressional district of Colorado, which is home to five major military installations. I commend the work of this year’s Quality of Life Panel, led by Representatives Don Bacon and Chrissy Houlihan. It resulted in sweeping and long overdue improvements for the well-being of our servicemembers and their families. 

As I stand here today, I want to note this is the last time I will have the opportunity and the honor to speak in favor of this critical annual legislation.  I urge my colleagues to keep a close eye on the horizon where there are storm clouds gathering and remember that consistently passing this bi-partisan legislation is part of our Constitutional duty to provide for our common defense. To that end, I strongly encourage a yes vote and will yield back the balance of my time.” 

Watch the video of Rep. Lamborn’s remarks here.