Standing three feet from House Speaker Paul Ryan as he certified the bill’s adoption, Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy Thursday applauded the National Defense Authorization Act as good for the military and for including several of her proposals.

Ryan, joined by Murphy, a Democrat from Orlando, and other Democratic and Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee, forwarded the bill approved by Congress to President Donald Trump Thursday.

For Murphy, the moment was more than a photo opportunity that might bolster the bipartisan credentials she’s been seeking. As a member of the committee, she is attributed with several of the bill’s 600 amendments. Her additions include provisions that would make it easier for small businesses to obtain contracts and grants from the Department of Defense and other federal agencies; expansion of Central Florida’s modeling, simulation and training industry; and improvements in the treatment of service men and women, according to a press release from her office.

“Today Congress formally sent the National Defense Authorization Act to @POTUS’s desk,” Murphy tweeted Thursday. “This bill sets policy & authorizes funding for our military, & delivers the largest pay raise to our service members in years. Proud it includes several of my proposals to help #CFL.”

The bill was approved by the House of Representatives by 356-70, with an overwhelming number of Republicans and about two-thirds of Democrats voting yes.

“No matter what party you are in, we can all agree that we live in a very dangerous world,” Ryan tweeted. “Congress is sending legislation to the president desk to give our men and women in uniform the support and equipment they need to get the job done.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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  1. KURT LENZ

    What are specific items submitted from you to the proposal in the Defense bill?

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