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Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) promotes MS&T Industry and Small Business Opportunities

Posted on July 5, 2017 in General News

For Immediate Release:  June 30, 2017
Contact: Javier Hernandez | Javier.Hernandez@mail.house.gov | 202-751-6957
 
Murphy Helps Advance Defense Authorization Bill with Provisions Key to Central Florida
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., this week voted to advance the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will protect national security and promote economic growth in central Florida. The NDAA sets U.S. defense policy and the budget for the Armed Forces and included key wins for central Florida’s families and economy, including a 2.4 percent pay increase for military service members. The House Armed Services Committee approved the NDAA after a 14-hour-long marathon session. The full House must now consider the legislation.
 
“The NDAA is a critical part of ensuring America’s national security and the growth of our economy, which is why I pushed for bipartisan reforms and investments that will attract high-quality jobs to central Florida and make our region safer and more prosperous,” said Murphy. “Florida’s contribution to our national defense is a source of great pride for Floridians. In addition, defense spending in Florida is responsible for nearly $80 billion—close to 10 percent—of total economic activity in the state.  That is why the National Defense Authorization Act is a critical bill for both our state and our nation. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to be a strong advocate for our service members and our veterans.”
 
Murphy worked successfully to include provisions in the NDAA that will help small businesses gain fair access to federal government contracts and will support Florida’s $5 billion Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) industry, which employs approximately 30,000 Floridians. Murphy’s district is a major MS&T hub, and Orlando is home to a National Cyber Range, which the Department of Defense uses to train its personnel on defensive and offensive operations in cyberspace.
 
For a list of Murphy’s key accomplishments during the NDAA markup, click here.
 
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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. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.
 

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