The U.S. House of Representatives led by Stephanie Murphy passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which sets policy and authorizes funding for the U.S. military, and includes key wins for central Florida in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. The Senate will now consider the conference report, and, if approved, it will be sent to the President to be signed into law.
Murphy worked successfully to include several key provisions in the conference report, which reflects a compromise between the House and Senate. These provisions will make it easier for small businesses to obtain contracts and grants from the Department of Defense and other federal agencies; will grow central Florida’s modeling, simulation and training industry and the high-paying jobs it attracts; and will improve the treatment of our men and women in uniform.
Specifically, the bill includes a Murphy-authored amendment to help small businesses obtain federal contracts and grants to engage in research and development that is in the national interest and that has the potential to be commercialized. It also contains the text of a bill Murphy introduced with Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., to help ensure that small businesses receive their fair and legally-required share of federal government contracts. Additionally, the bill includes several provisions written by Murphy to support Florida’s $5 billion modeling, simulation, and training industry, which employs around 30,000 Floridians.
“America has the strongest military in the world, and the NDAA ensures that our armed forces have the resources necessary to safeguard our nation at home and project power abroad,” said Murphy, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “I’m proud to have worked in a bipartisan way to include provisions in the bill to help small businesses and support the creation of high-quality jobs in central Florida. I’ll continue to be a strong advocate for our armed forces and for the men and women who fight to keep us safe.”
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. She currently serves on the powerful House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee, where she serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.