Washington, D.C.– Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) joined Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13) and House Republican Leadership at a press conference to discuss her work to develop the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the importance of funding our military readiness. Below is a transcript of her remarks, or for video, click here.

Thank you. I’m Elise Stefanik and I have the honor of representing New York’s 21st District, which is home to a critical Naval nuclear training facility and Fort Drum -- home of the 10th Mountain Division, the most-deployed division to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.

As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, I am proud of the bipartisan work on the FY17 NDAA.

This NDAA takes important steps to strengthen our defense capabilities and gives our brave men and women in uniform the resources they need to keep us safe.

It also includes an important and deserved pay raise for our troops while working to stop funding gaps that are harming our military readiness.

In addition, this bill includes important legislation that I cosponsored to ensure our armed forces’ end-strength will not be depleted as a result of this Administration’s misguided reduction of troops.

I was proud to help this legislation pass out of Committee by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 60 to 2, and I look forward to helping the House secure passage of this vital legislation this week.

Thank you.