Burr Praises North Carolina Commitments in Annual Defense Spending Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515:

“Today, I voted in favor of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which makes sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to protect our national defense. This bill authorizes $367 million in funding for several North Carolina military installations, including Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River. I was also glad to see this bill includes a provision I introduced with Senator Murray to expand an already successful military medic program between the Army’s Special Operations Command, the Carolinas Healthcare System, and Wake Forest University. The SOCOM Medic Program effectively shortens the time of post-military Physician Assistants’ certification from 2 years to 5 months, using their operational experience and an academic fellowship while still on active duty. The provision passed today will expand the program nationwide to states with a special operations command presence and appropriate medical schools and healthcare systems.”