WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Elaine Luria today praised House passage of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, keeping her promise to fight for servicemembers and military families in Hampton Roads and beyond.
The 20-year Navy veteran urges the President support this legislation to address defense spending and other fiscal issues to avoid continuing resolutions and other stopgaps that could impede future projects and negatively impact military readiness.
“This National Defense Authorization Act ensures the safety of all Americans, gives our troops the resources they need to succeed, helps military families receive well deserved benefits and support, and best positions Coastal Virginia to continue our critical role in securing America,” Congresswoman Luria said. “I am proud that my colleagues were able to reach across the aisle to get this critical bill passed in a timely manner.”
The bill that passed includes many of Congresswoman Luria’s amendments. These notable additions to the bill would:
- Direct Secretary of the Navy to Report on Delays Related to Technology Insertion on New Ship Designs
- Require Service Secretaries to Study and Report on Uncharacterized Discharges
- Instruct Secretary of the Navy to Report on the Interoperability Challenges Among Combatant Ships
- Support the Multinational Force and Observers Mission in the Sinai Peninsula
- Restore Service Time to Some Participants in the Navy’s Seaman to Admiral Program
- Require the Secretary of Defense to Establish a Small Space Launch Policy
- Improve Navy’s Planning and Execution of Ship Maintenance
- Aligns medical benefits offered under TRICARE’s Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) program for special needs dependents
- Calls attention to musculoskeletal injuries and encourages continued research and innovation that is occurring within the Navy’s Wound Care Research program.
- Expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. affirms our commitments to our Pacific allies of Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Additional news on Congresswoman Luria’s amendments to the NDAA will be released in the coming days.