Gallagher Fights for LCS & WI-8 in FY19 NDAA

May 10, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday Rep. Mike Gallagher fought for full funding of three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) during the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual bill authorizes the Department of Defense’s policy, budget, and expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year—including funding for the Freedom-class variant of the LCS, built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin’s 8th District.

After the committee markup, Rep. Gallagher released the following statement:

“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m proud to support the hardworking men and women at Marinette Marine and help secure funding for three more Littoral Combat Ships. Not only will these ships help fulfill the Navy’s own call for a 355-ship fleet, but they translate into high-skill, high-pay jobs for Northeast Wisconsin workers. I look forward to showing the rest of the country the important role that Northeast Wisconsin has in strengthening the military through our impressive ship building tradition.”

Other NDAA highlights: In addition to fighting for LCS funding, Rep. Gallagher supported a proposal that gives U.S. troops a 2.6 percent pay-raise, which is the highest increase in nine years. The proposal also extends special pay and bonuses for Servicemembers in high-demand fields.

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