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House passes the Conference Report for the FY20 NDAA

House passes the Conference Report for the FY20 NDAA

WASHINGTON– Today, the House passed the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (FY20 NDAA) by a vote of 377-48.The FY20 NDAA authorizes $738 billion in defense funding and an additional $5.3 billion in emergency funding for disaster recovery.

“This was a challenging year, starting with two different bills that were far apart. But, for the 59thconsecutive year, we were able to come to an agreement for our men and women in uniform and their families,” said Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon). “It is important for the men and women who serve to know that, despite differences on other issues, we can come together to support them.”

NDAA Highlights:

  • Accelerates defense innovation to assist the Department of Defense’s (DOD) effort to access new sources of innovation. This legislation was sponsored by Congressman Thornberry.
  • Modernizes our defense against adversaries, including acceleration of weapons development and purchases, nuclear modernization, and DOD acquisition reforms.
  • Supports a 3.1 percent pay raise for our servicemembers.
  • Increases transparency and oversight measures for military housing.
  • Repeals the Widow’s Tax by including a three-year phased repeal of the requirement.
  • Prohibits the use of firefighting foam in defense facilities containing PFAS after October 1, 2024.
  • Establishes the United States Space Force as the sixth Armed Service of the United States under the Air Force.

District 13 Highlights:

  • Authorizes $123 million for a High Explosives Science and Engineering Facility at Pantex.
  • Provides $12.4 billion for nuclear weapons activities.
  • Increases the staffing ceiling at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
  • Increases the United States Air Force (USAF) personnel to 332,800.
  • Funds $10.5 billion for Air Force operations, training, and maintenance, which supports Sheppard Air Force Base.