Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced the conferees to the House-Senate Conference Committee to resolve bicameral differences in the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) and Rep. Mike Collins (R-GA) have been named as the Republican conferees from the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Chairman Frank Lucas congratulated Garcia and Collins on their appointments. “The NDAA is crucial legislation that supports our military, our national security, and our mission readiness,” Lucas said. “Reps. Mike Garcia and Mike Collins are both thoughtful leaders who value a strong military and cutting-edge national defense. They understand that science and technology are critical to America’s global military leadership, and they are strong advocates for our service members. I’m confident they’ll do excellent work in conferencing the NDAA.”

“The men and women who serve in uniform make sacrifices for our nation every day, and they deserve advocates in Congress who understand the importance of supporting our military,” Speaker McCarthy said. “I’m proud to have such qualified leaders representing the House on the NDAA Conference Committee. This important committee is charged with ensuring our Department of Defense is focused on keeping America safe, cutting wasteful spending, combatting woke policies, and defending against our adversaries like the Chinese Communist Party.”

“It was the honor of my life to fight for our nation in uniform,” said Rep. Garcia. “Now, it’s my honor to fight for our soldiers in the halls of Congress and this appointment is an invaluable opportunity to continue that mission. I’m committed to fighting for an NDAA bill that prioritizes the true mission of our military: Deterring and winning wars. The world is becoming more dangerous, not less, and I look forward to this conference’s bipartisan work to better ensure our national security.”

"As a freshman congressman, it is an honor to serve on this Conference Committee and fight for the most conservative NDAA in decades," said Rep. Collins. "As the House works out differences with the Senate, our top priorities must be lethality, supporting our troops, and reining in the woke bureaucracy that has taken over our military."