Sinema Supports AZ Servicemembers, Takes Aim at ISIS with Four Provisions in Defense Funding Bill

National Defense Authorization Act also contains a 2.6% pay raise for America’s servicemembers

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema voted today to pass a critical national defense funding bill. The bipartisan legislation, which contains four amendments offered by Sinema, funds our country’s armed forces and defense operations for the coming year.

"Keeping our commitment to servicemembers who sacrifice so much for our nation's safety and security is our most important obligation," said Congresswoman Sinema. “This bill gives our troops the resources they need to protect our country and takes important additional steps to support a strong national defense. We worked across the aisle and added provisions that help cut off funding for terrorism, help servicemembers thrive when they transition to civilian life, and strengthen our country’s defenses against data breaches and hacking. Today’s vote is a step toward a safer and stronger Arizona.”

The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019, contains several provisions supported by Rep. Sinema to enhance our national security.

Sinema’s first amendment ensures the United States develops strategies to counter ISIS financing as the terrorist organization and its funding streams change. The amendment requires the Secretaries of Defense, State, and Treasury to provide a joint report to Congress on the current and future funding mechanisms of the Islamic State and its affiliates, and what the U.S. is doing to stop them.

Sinema’s second amendment helps servicemembers transition successfully to civilian life by ensuring they receive quality financial literacy training prior to separation. Financial literacy training ensures that servicemembers are set up for success as civilians.

Sinema’s third amendment helps address the vulnerability of mobile devices for both the public and private sectors. The amendment requires the Department of Defense to brief Congress on certain threats to mobile devices and what actions the Department will take to prevent mobile device data breaches and hacks.

Sinema’s fourth amendment is the latest in a series of actions she has taken to ensure Arizona has the resources it needs for wildfire season. The amendment formally acknowledges the dangers that wildfires pose to Arizona’s security and requires the Department of Defense to consider how their assets – including air support – could complement the efforts of federal firefighting agencies in tackling the toughest, most dangerous fires.