WASHINGTON – Last night, the House Armed Services Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which included language introduced by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17). The provision comes from Congresswoman Bustos’ Army Arsenal Revitalization Act, and would help ensure that Army arsenals have the workload they need to plan ahead and remain skilled and competitive.
It would require the Secretary of the Army to issue guidance on how it will decide which items to make at Army arsenals and which it will purchase from other sources with the goal of ensuring that arsenals have sufficient workload to keep their workforce skilled and their products affordable. The bill will come to the House floor for consideration later this summer. Congresswoman Bustos’ bill was introduced with Reps. Dave Loebsack, Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR). The amendment containing language from Bustos’ bill, which was introduced and passed in committee, was offered by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).
“Increasing the workload at the Rock Island Arsenal will help grow our local economy, and I’m proud I was able to get this provision included in the House’s National Defense Authorization Act,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The hardworking men and women on Arsenal Island have strengthened our national security for more than a century – they deserve champions in Congress and I’m committed to fighting for them every single day. By giving the Arsenal the tools they need to succeed, we can ensure that the Quad-Cities continue to be a great community to live, work and raise a family. I’d like to thank all of my colleagues who worked with me to get this jobs amendment included in this year’s Defense Authorization bill.”