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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Bishop Tapped to Negotiate Defense Bill

June 28, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Speaker Paul Ryan announced the core members of Congress selected to comprise the House team tasked with negotiating and reconciling the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with the Senate. The House and Senate have each passed versions of the NDAA. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Rep. Bishop (UT-01) will join the House-Senate conference committee to produce a single piece of Department of Defense authorizing legislation. Rep. Bishop issued the following statement after his appointment to the conference committee:

“First and foremost, the NDAA is the legislation through which we in Congress ‘provide for the common defense.’ That is an important responsibility. This year’s NDAA will also reemphasize the important role Utah plays in the defense of our nation and our freedoms. Both the military and civilian workforce at Hill Air Force Base are vital to our country’s security. Ensuring Utah and the nation are properly supported is my top priority.”

In May, following the HASC vote to forward NDAA to the House floor, Rep. Bishop said, “The strength of our military is once again a priority for the administration, and the Armed Services Committee is right to pass an NDAA that shares that priority.”

BACKGROUND:

  • A Bishop provision in the House bill streamlines the process by which the Department of Defense uses public lands in the west on existing military test and training ranges, saving the Pentagon millions of dollars each year in readiness funds by eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy currently required to have military leases renewed. The military will no longer have to undertake expensive 25-year environmental reviews for the Department of Interior to renew the military’s leases on public lands in order for our troops to be able to continue to train to fight and defend our nation.

 

  • Included in the House bill is a Bishop provision transferring approximately 80 acres of surplus U.S. Forest Service land in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Bear Lake to the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) so that SDL may continue to use this site for advanced scientific research, education, and other endeavors helpful to the military mission. 

 

  • Bishop spearheaded an effort to augment funding for nuclear modernization. The bulk of this work will be accomplished at Hill AFB. Orbital ATK is also vying for the solid rocket motor portion of the project.