Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement today regarding House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515):

“It is an honor to represent Naval Base Ventura County and the more than 19,000 personnel who work hard there every day to protect our nation. This bill that passed today includes a well-earned 2.6% pay increase for military personnel and supports new and existing commands at the Base, including continued procurement of the MQ-4C Triton and the E-2D Hawkeye, which are critical assets important to our long-term national security. The bill authorizes more than $50 million for the Navy to move forward with construction on two new facilities at NBVC. In addition, the legislation prevents the Department of Defense from conducting an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), something I have consistently fought for since coming to Congress. I will continue to fight to protect Naval Base Ventura County and ensure our Armed Forces have the resources they need.”

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