Larsen Statement on House Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement following his vote in support of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 351-66:

 “The NDAA makes important investments in national security, and includes important provisions I introduced to support military families and spur innovative research in the House-passed legislation.

 “While these are positive investments, there are still some concerning issues that will need to be addressed. As written, the NDAA authorizes the development of destabilizing and unnecessary low-yield nuclear weapons, which I have opposed, and misses an opportunity to develop a smart strategy to more proactively compete with China.

 “I appreciate the hard work of my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee on this bipartisan bill, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to get this over the finish line."