House Passes NDAA with Sinema Amendments

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joined a bipartisan majority to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which authorizes funding and sets defense policy for the coming year. The bill also includes three amendments offered by Congresswoman Sinema, including an amendment to cut off funds to the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant's (ISIL).

“We’re working every day to defeat the terrorist threat and keep our communities and families safe,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “This bipartisan legislation responsibly funds our military to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our nation.”

“It also gives our troops a pay raise, funds programs like the A-10, Apache, and F-35 that support good Arizona jobs, and protects and improves the benefits our servicemembers have earned,” continued Sinema. "By working together, we can keep our country safe and support servicemembers, veterans, and their families.”

Congresswoman Sinema, Congressman Ted Budd (NC-13), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) introduced an amendment requiring the U.S. Strategy in Syria to identify the amounts and sources of ISIL financing and to deny this financing as part of the broader US strategy. 

Congresswoman Sinema recently introduced legislation directing the Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with other federal agencies, to establish a comprehensive strategy to combat the financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance.

The NDAA also includes an amendment introduced by Congresswoman Sinema and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) to retain STEM education programs for children living near military bases, including Davis-Monthan in Tucson, and an amendment with Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) to expand career training opportunities for active-duty military men and women so that they can successfully transition into good-paying jobs as civilians.