Murphy Secures Key Provisions for Country, Central Florida in Annual Defense Bill
Legislation supports military servicemembers and local small businesses that aid our national defense
The House Armed Services Committee advanced the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy and authorizes funding for the U.S. military. U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., secured numerous provisions in the bill to support our nation’s servicemembers and small businesses in central Florida. The House Armed Services Committee, on which Murphy serves, approved the bill early Thursday morning with strong bipartisan support. The full U.S. House of Representatives must now consider the bill.
Helping Departing Servicemembers Transition to Civilian Life
The defense bill includes the core of H.R. 4954, the BATTLE of Servicemembers Act, a bipartisan bill that Murphy introduced in February and that is supported by numerous veterans services organizations. The provision will make it easier for servicemembers who are departing the military to take targeted two-day workshops that prepare them to attend college, learn a trade, or start a small business. Recently, a group of U.S. senators from both parties introduced Murphy’s bill in the U.S. Senate.
Increasing Access to Capital for Small Businesses
The defense bill includes the language of H.R. 2056, the Microloan Modernization Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that Murphy introduced to help more aspiring and existing entrepreneurs obtain low-interest loans up to $50,000. Murphy’s bill has already been approved by the House and a key provision in the bill became law after Murphy worked to include it in an appropriations bill.
Strengthening Orlando’s Modeling, Simulation, and Training and Cyber Community
Protecting Israel Against Missile Threats
The defense bill includes language drawn from H.R. 5126, the Deterring and Defeating Rocket and Missile Threats to Israel Act, a bipartisan bill that Murphy introduced in February to help deter attacks against Israel and to ensure that Israel can defend its citizens in the event its adversaries choose the path of war.
Enhancing the Department of Defense’s Efforts to Combat Opioids
The defense bill authorizes the National Guard Bureau to spend an additional $20 million to combat opioid trafficking. In each of her first two years in Congress, Murphy has led a bipartisan effort to seek additional funding for the National Guard’s counterdrug program and has spearheaded various efforts to address the opioid epidemic.