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Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) Praises the Passage of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) released the following statement this morning after voting for the passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act last night. 

“Keeping America safe and protecting our national interests are two of the most important jobs of the federal government and are a Constitutional imperative. At a time when we face worldwide conflicts that pose a direct threat to American families, it is critical to provide the resources to keep our troops safe as they protect our nation.

“Over 160,000 veterans call the Mountain State home. This legislation builds on our proud military tradition by making critical investments in West Virginia’s Army and Air National Guard, which maintain critical operations at McLaughlin Air Base in Charleston, Shepherd Air Base in Martinsburg, and elsewhere across our state. West Virginia’s Army and Air National Guard play a crucial role in ensuring that our nation is prepared to respond to threats to our national security, both foreign and domestic. 

“I am pleased that a strong, bipartisan majority of Congress passed this bill and I encourage the Senate to do the same. I hope the President will sign it promptly.”

Alex X. Mooney represents West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Budget and Natural Resources Committees.