WASHINGTON – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.-08) released the following statement after voting in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, a robust package that supports our troops and strengthens their ability to defend our nation:
“Today, I voted to pass the bipartisan NDAA agreement that will help enable our military to confront the threats to our national security that are on the horizon in the 21st Century. It is paramount that Congress ensures our national defense is properly funded and our troops have the tools they need to get the job done.
“This year alone, we have seen significant threats to our national security, including the weaponization of the COVID-19 pandemic by bad actors like the Chinese Communist Party and the resurgence of the Taliban through President Biden’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan. With the passage of this legislation, we will authorize critical funds to strengthen our defense capabilities, provide pay raises for our troops, and combat threats so that our armed forces can robustly protect our country,” said Congressman Bucshon.
Highlights of this year’s NDAA include:
A 2.7% pay increase for troops.
Prohibits a dishonorable discharge for servicemembers who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination and requires uniform procedures for vaccine exemptions.
Strengthens Homeland Security by directing additional National Guard resource to the border and requiring an assessment of the impact on military readiness of DoD transporting illegal immigrant.
Prohibits the use of DoD funds to conduct research, including biomedical, infectious disease, and genomic research in China or with any entity controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.
Requires DoD and DNI to assess the involvement of the Chinese Communist Party in the origins of COVID-19.
Demands answers by requiring a report to Congress on the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan.
Requires a report on personally identifying info & biometrics of Americans now in the Taliban's hands.
Requires itemized lists of aircraft, combat vehicles, & other U.S. military equipment left behind
Halts President Biden’s dangerous cuts to shipbuilding by providing funding for 13 new battle force ships and prohibiting the decommissioning of 3 cruisers.
Preserves service members’ free speech rights by protecting them from being punished for political statements on social media accounts.
Includes over 20 bipartisan provisions to hold the Biden Administration accountable for its hasty & failed withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Requires DoD to map its supply chain to identify and remove Chinese sources of materials.
Requires DoD to reduce its reliance on China for rare earth elements.