Congressman Steven Horsford Votes in Favor of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act

December 8, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Steven Horsford Votes in Favor of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act
 

Washington, DC -- Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) voted in favor of the passage of the joint Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congressman Horsford led the charge to ensure the military funding bill did not allow for the expansion of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) into the sensitive public lands surrounding the installation, most notably the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. 

“This bill balances the needs of our national security while also preserving the environment and wildlife that Nevada cherishes. It includes a well-deserved pay raise for our military and makes significant investments in pandemic preparedness and bolstering our national security against the climate crisis,” said Congressman Horsford.  “I was proud to sign the 2021 NDAA Conference Report as a Conferee on the House Budget Committee and look forward to its passage in both chambers of Congress.”

Additionally, this bipartisan bill authorizes a 3 percent pay raise for active duty military, ensures paid parental leave for all federal employees, secures supply chains of materials critical to the COVID-19 response, and requires studies on the Defense Department’s carbon emissions, energy usage, and climate assessment tools. 

Background: 

The bipartisan William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 complies with the bipartisan budget agreement. It authorizes $732 billion in discretionary spending for our national defense for FY 2021, including approximately $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). 

The bill includes key provisions relating to military installations and operations in Nevada such as:

  • Status-quo extensions for the next 25 years for the Nevada Test and Training Range and the Naval Air Station Fallon, providing for continued military operations and training exercises in Southern and Northern Nevada.
  • Preserves primary jurisdiction for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and increases access to the Refuge for Tribal communities and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The legislation will also establish an intergovernmental committee to improve range management while ensuring our brave service members at Nellis Air Force Base and the Nevada Test and Training Range can train safely and effectively to ensure our national security.

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Media Contact:

Jarrett Clark, jarrett.clark@mail.house.gov

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