Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee and Vice-Chair on the Subcommittee on Readiness, was selected by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH-08) as the only freshman negotiator to serve on the formal House-Senate conference committee charged with resolving differences over the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

“I thank Speaker Boehner and Chairman Thornberry for the privilege of serving on this conference committee as a freshman Member,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The federal government has no greater role than providing for our nation’s defense, and I look forward to working together with my fellow conferees on both sides of the aisle to negotiate a strong NDAA that will give our troops the resources they need to keep our nation safe.”               

“Congresswoman Stefanik has quickly impressed her colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee with her commitment to being a strong advocate for Fort Drum and working on both sides of the aisle to promote a strong national defense,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13) said. “I look forward to working alongside her during these negotiations and know that the conference will be well served by her strong work ethic and desire to find common ground."