09.24.21

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022

Washington, DC – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. The NDAA authorizes $768 billion in discretionary spending for national defense to support servicemembers and their families, protect our national security, invest in emerging technologies, and honor our values.

“The NDAA makes generational investments in our country and our servicemembers that will ensure our defense strategies and global alliances are adequately prepared to further our national security interests,” said Rep. Mark Takano. “This legislation provides a 2.7 percent pay raise for servicemembers and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees, expands access to childcare, and strengthens access to healthcare for our women and men in uniform. The NDAA also allocates $500 million for the relocation of our at-risk Afghan allies and prioritizes our commitment to democracy, and to our standing as a nation of immigrants. I’m proud to have included three amendments in this bill that take action to promote a more inclusive military, protect servicemembers from exploitation, and prevent the militarization of our local police departments. Our job is not done yet. Congress still has much work to do for the people, but the passage of the NDAA is an important step.”

The NDAA includes the following amendments introduced or co-sponsored by Rep. Takano:

  • Introduced: Ensures that the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) considers sexual orientation in any future Department-wide Racial Disparity Reviews.
  • Co-sponsored: Prohibits the enforcement of forced arbitration clauses in contracts covered by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
  • Co-sponsored: Restricts the Department of Defense (DOD) from transferring certain surplus military property to federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies.

  

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