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National Defense Authorization Act Passes House

September 23, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, today supported the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. The legislation provides our troops with the necessary funding and policy authorizations to keep our nation safe while reversing President Biden’s proposed defense cuts. The measure increases the defense topline by nearly $25 billion, ensuring our military will be adequately funded to keep pace with a rising China presence.

“This year’s defense authorization bill stops President Biden’s devastating cuts to our military while fully funding the needs of our combatant commanders, empowering them to continue meeting the advancing threats posed by communist China and other competing powers,” said Hartzler. “The bill also includes a cost-of-living adjustment for our men and women in uniform while preserving servicemember’s free speech by protecting them from punishment for political opinions on social media accounts. This also includes prohibiting the dishonorable discharge of troops who choose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.”

“This legislation also includes several provisions to hold the Biden Administration accountable for the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan, including $250 million in crucial funding to help get Americans out of Afghanistan after the Biden Administration’s botched withdrawal efforts,” said Hartzler. “This measure demands accountability from the Administration and ensures that this foreign policy disaster does not get swept under the rug.”

Hartzler noted that with the Biden Administration effectively equipping the Taliban with billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment and allowing the terrorist group to quickly assume power, it is critical for Congress to conduct oversight on what happened and understand the counterterrorism strategy going forward.

Hartzler was also successful in including two amendments requiring the Department of Defense to brief Congress on its strategic decision to leave Bagram Air Base and to provide information on why U.S. contractor maintenance support was pulled for the Afghan Air Force.

Unfortunately, House Democrats were insistent in including a provision that would require women to register for the draft. Hartzler opposed this in committee and will continue opposing this unnecessary provision as the bill heads into Conference. “America’s volunteer force is the most effective military in the world, and language to force women to register in selective service is simply an effort by the left to advance a political agenda that does not align with the needs of our military,” said Hartzler, who will work to remove this language in a join Senate-House Conference.

Hartzler included significant initiatives in the bill, including several wins for Missouri:

  • 12 F/A-18 Super Hornets and 24 F-15EX aircraft, which are made in St. Louis by Boeing.
  • Increases funding by $103.2 million for Army small caliber ammunition, which are produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP).
  • Funding to support needed modernization upgrades at LCAAP.
  • $160 million for increment 4 of the Fort Leonard Wood hospital replacement project.
  • Funding for the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base.
  • Modernization funding for the B-2 to ensure the aircraft maintains its long-range strike capability until the B-21 is fully operational.
  • Funding for upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including for those at the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.
  • Protects criminal investigative command (CID) training at Fort Leonard Wood.
  • Includes Hartzler’s CADET Act, which ensures cadets at service academies can retain their parental rights.
  • Allows service members to take up to two weeks of permissive temporary duty each year to attend a seminar or event hosted by a non-profit that focuses on psychological, physical, spiritual, or social wellness.