WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico’s men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. The committee voted unanimously to report the bill yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.
“I am proud to have authored a number of provisions in this year’s annual defense bill that make critical investments in New Mexico and strengthen our military bases, test ranges, and laboratories,” said Senator Heinrich. “This defense bill delivers important resources to welcome two additional F-16 training squadrons to New Mexico, provides full funding and reasserts the Senate Armed Services Committee’s strong support for the Plutonium mission at Los Alamos, and launches a significant directed energy program at the Pentagon that will bolster AFRL, industry, and jobs in the state. In addition, we successfully prevented another BRAC process. These provisions, among many others, will benefit our economy and further New Mexico’s strong position as a leader in national security for years to come.”
The NDAA sets the Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizes funding for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons programs at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup programs including the WIPP.