Congressman Horsford Votes to Pass FY2022 Defense Budget with Key Funding for Nevada’s Fourth District

September 23, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) voted to pass H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, bipartisan legislation that will strengthen national security and invest in America’s servicemembers and military families.

“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I was proud to work closely with my colleagues to draft the 2022 defense budget with key investments in Nevada’s Fourth District,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “The FY 2022 defense budget will advance U.S. global leadership, support our brave servicemembers, and make critical investments in our national security. I’m glad this budget includes a well-deserved pay increase for our servicemembers and important reforms to reduce bias in our military justice system.

“As this legislation moved through the House, I held a number of conversations with military leaders in Nevada’s Fourth District about their readiness needs. I’m proud this budget includes many of our shared priorities for the Fourth District, including strengthening the MQ-9 program, funding upgrades at the Nevada National Security Site, increasing National Guard and Army Depot funding, and enabling planning for a second dormitory at Nellis Air Force Base. This defense budget will make our nation stronger and safer, and I look forward to seeing President Biden pass it into law.”

In the Fiscal Year 2022 NDAA, Congressman Horsford secured key wins for Nevada’s Fourth District, including:

  • $20 million in Air Force barracks / dormitory planning and design, enabling planning and design for the construction of an additional enlisted dormitory at Nellis Air Force Base. This dormitory is badly needed to address the housing shortfall currently faced by young Airmen, who are often forced to live off base
  • $158,288,000 in MQ-9 procurement funding
  • $129,787,000 in MQ-9 modernization funding
  • $103,186,000 in MQ-9 Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation funding
  • $53 million in MQ-9 operations and maintenance funding, the top request of the United States Central Command Combatant Commander
  • $350 million in additional funding for maintenance and repair of NNSA facilities, directly benefiting the Nevada National Security Site
  • $60,737,000 for the Nevada National Security Site
  • $900 million in Army Depot Capital Investment Funding, which will strengthen recapitalization efforts at Hawthorne Army Depot
  • $850 million in increased funding for the National Guard
  • $20 million in additional funding for military programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including $10 million for SMART scholarships and $10 million to general HBCU programs
  • $53 million to defense-related research conducted at HBCUs
  • A $5 million increase in Contract Adversary Air funding to the $1.35B Air Operations Training funding line, directly benefiting contract adversary air professionals training our Air Force pilots in air-to-air tactics at Nellis Air Force Base
  • Combatant Commander ISR Risk Assessments Reporting Requirement, requiring that combatant commanders submit risk assessments detailing the dangers of any reduction in unmanned ISR capabilities
  • Passage of an amendment requiring a report on employment discrimination faced by military spouses of color
  • Passage of various report requirements intended to improve options for military families facing increasingly expensive rental markets

The 2022 defense budget also includes numerous other critical provisions, including:

  • Providing a 2.7% pay increase for servicemembers
  • Establishing a $15 minimum wage for covered DOD service and construction contracts
  • Promoting civilian pay equity by correcting historic calculation issue
  • Requiring a plan for the creation of a Minority Institute for Defense Research
  • Establishing an Office of Countering Extremism
  • Significant funding to promote academic partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Multiple provisions to address strategic challenges posed by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • $500 million in DOD relocation support for Afghan SIV holders
  • The 2022 defense budget doesn does not include the arbitrary prohibitions on transfer of detainees out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that hinder progress toward its closure 

A fact sheet on the 2022 defense budget can be found here. This fact sheet has detailed information on how the 2022 budget will support servicemembers, improve military health care, address extremism, strengthen military justice, and confront rising threats to our national security.

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