Hartzler Votes in Support of National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting for the House of Representative’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021:
“Today, the House of Representatives sent a strong message of support to our brave men and women in uniform by delivering on an NDAA that puts their needs and their capabilities first. After a dangerous and reckless amendment to cut military spending was overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, I’m proud to support this year’s NDAA. Although this bill is not perfect and I do not agree with every provision, I am hopeful we can fix problematic provisions when the House and Senate go to conference to negotiate a final NDAA,” Hartzler said.
“This bipartisan bill is a win for Missouri and a win for our country, bolstering important national defense programs, keeping America’s competitive advantage over our adversaries, and providing critical funding for Missouri’s military installations and defense programs. It also provides a 3% pay raise for our troops and supports our military families.”
Congresswoman Hartzler led significant initiatives included in the final version of the bill in the House of Representatives, including:
- $40 million for the Fort Leonard Wood hospital replacement project;
- $2.9 billion for the B-21 program at Whiteman Air Force Base;
- $119 million for the Next NGA West Complex in St. Louis;
- $5 million to update T-38 ejection seats at Whiteman Air Force Base;
- $696.7 million for Army Ammunition Production Plants, like the one at Lake City;
- Funding for engine and propeller upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base;
- Funding for Missouri-made aircraft including the F-15EX, F-18 Super Hornet, and T-7A trainer;
- $28 million in advanced procurement funding for the F-18 Super Hornet to ensure the Navy continues to address its strike fighter short fall in Fiscal Year 2022;
- Funding for Missouri-made munitions for the warfighter.
- Language directing the Army to provide Congress a fielding strategy for updated Blackhawk helicopters to the Army National Guard, including to the 1-135th at Whiteman Air Force Base.
- Language directing the Comptroller General of the United States to audit the implementation of Section 889 of the FY19 NDAA, which prohibits the federal government and federal contractors from procuring and using certain Chinese made telecommunications and video surveillance equipment;
- Language directing the Secretary of Defense to include a strategy for the use of Chaplains and nonprofit post traumatic growth organizations for behavioral health care for military servicemembers.
“As this legislation moves into conference with the Senate, I will continue fighting for an NDAA that will modernize and recapitalize our armed forces and one that makes our nation stronger, safer, and freer. Our military must be able to secure the tools necessary to readily address the evolving security needs of our nation and continue the path forward by investing in capabilities needed to ensure a credible deterrent posture now and into the future,” Hartzler concluded.