Today, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. was appointed by the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to serve on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference committee, a powerful ad hoc panel responsible for reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2019 NDAA before the bill can head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Murphy’s selection as a conferee gives her a seat at the table in the direct negotiations between House and Senate leadership, and places her in an influential position to shape U.S. national security policy. Murphy previously served as a civilian in the Department of Defense and is now a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and a co-chair of the Democratic Caucus’ National Security Task Force. She is the first freshman Democratic Member of HASC to serve on the NDAA conference committee in 18 years.
“I am extraordinarily grateful for this unique opportunity to advocate for our nation’s servicemembers in this year’s defense authorization bill,” Murphy said. “As a conferee, I’ll work hard alongside my House and Senate colleagues to ensure we provide our military with the resources it needs to keep our nation safe. I look forward to serving as central Florida’s voice on the NDAA conference committee.”
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote on May 24, 2018. The Senate passed their version of the bill on June 18, 2018. The selection of conferees marks the beginning of the formal conference process. In the coming weeks, the conferees will begin negotiating to resolve the differences between the bills to produce a final conference report that reflects the agreement between the chambers. The House and Senate must agree on identical legislative language before submitting the bill to the President for approval.
Over the last two years, Murphy has secured a number of her priorities in the NDAA, including provisions to prepare departing servicemembers for civilian life; to enhance the National Guard’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic; to enable small businesses to obtain low-interest loans; to strengthen Orlando’s world-leading modeling, simulation, and training community and its cyber community; and to protect Israel against rocket and missile threats. For a detailed list of the provisions Murphy secured in the FY19 NDAA, click hereand in the FY18 NDAA, click here.