Today, House Speaker John Boehner (OH-8) named Congressman Mike Turner (OH-3) as a conferee on the National Defense Authorization Act. As a conferee, Turner will be responsible for helping to craft the final form of the annual legislation, between the House and Senate passed versions. Turner, who is Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces has successfully placed a number of provisions in the House bill which stand to benefit servicemembers and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“I am honored to have been selected as a conferee on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. This decision by Speaker Boehner affords me a seat at the table when deciding what will be included in the final bill to be reconciled between the two chambers,” said Turner.
Turner’s amendments to the annual Defense Department bill include provisions which enhance leadership at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), meeting the airspace needs for Unmanned Aerial Systems, and halts the transfer of jobs related to the Enterprise Logistics System Program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House, and the appointed Senators, in achieving a compromise bill. This legislation sets policy across the Department of Defense and the uniformed services. I am glad to lend my voice to the discussions surrounding the future of our nation’s defense, and work on behalf of those who selflessly serve our country,” added Turner.