Congressman Steven Horsford Secures Nevada Priorities in the National Defense Authorization Act

July 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, bipartisan legislation that honors America’s values, strengthens our national security, and prioritizes Nevada interests. 

“I am proud to have voted for a strong defense budget that continues to support our service members and provides our armed forces with the resources they need to continue protecting our country,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “While granting our troops a well-deserved raise of three percent, this legislation also makes key investments in our country’s military infrastructure, which will greatly benefit the four installations in Nevada’s Fourth District.” 

“This bill is also a victory for Nevada. I fought tooth and nail for the continued protection of over 840,000 acres of the refuge for future generations to enjoy while ensuring our Air Force has the appropriate tools and technology to carry out their critical mission. The Desert National Wildlife Refuge has been a vital sanctuary for the Nevada state animal, the Bighorn sheep, and other precious wildlife. I am pleased to see the inclusion of Nevada’s interests in this legislation and I will continue to uplift the voices of our state.” 

Congressman Horsford also co-led an amendment that blocks the Trump Administration from resuming explosive nuclear weapons testing that would occur in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District. 

This bill includes concrete measures that supports our troops and their families, responds to the coronavirus pandemic, creates a more inclusive military, promotes American values, and ensures oversight and accountability. 

Background: 

The NDAA focuses on maintaining the strength of our defense in the face of a public health crisis and critical moment in history addressing systemic racism. The NDAA: 

  • Gives Our Troops a Pay Raise & Protects Their Safety: authorizing a 3 percent military pay raise, protecting their health by cleaning up so-called PFAS forever chemicals, investing in housing improvements for military members and families, and advancing justice in safety with improvements to sexual assault prevention and response.
  • Strengthens America’s Health & Economic Security: with important fixes to expand paid parental leave for certain federal civilian employees inadvertently omitted originally, initiatives to combat the climate crisis, and proactively strengthening our nation’s defenses to future pandemics, including with a $1 billion Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund.
  • Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic: proactively strengthens our nation’s defenses to pandemics including with a $1 billion Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund, boosts America’s industrial base resilience, helps Maritime Security Program carriers keep ships fully crewed during COVID-19, supports NATO’s multinational response to the pandemic, and provides funds to the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program with an increased focus on cooperative biological engagement to detect and confront biological threats.
  • Provides for Removing the Names of Confederates from Our Military Bases: Requires DOD to identify, report on a process and change the names of all military bases and infrastructure named for individuals who took up arms against America by serving in the Confederacy, with the process to be completed in one year.  Also prohibits the public display of the Confederate flag on Department of Defense installations.
  • Creates a More Diverse Military:  Creates a Special Investigator focused on combating racial disparities in the Military Justice System and in personnel policies and practices, establishes Chief Diversity Officers throughout the military, and creates initiatives for increasing representation of women and minorities in the military services.
  • Advances our Values: prohibiting use of DOD funds to provide support to the Saudi-led coalition for strikes in Yemen, limiting the funding under the national emergency military construction authority to prevent its misuse on the President’s wasteful border wall, and not containing any restrictions on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

The full summary of the NDAA can be found here.

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