Congresswoman Luria Applauds Passage of Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report

December 8, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today praised House passage of the conference report for the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes key provisions she championed on behalf of servicemembers and military families in Hampton Roads and beyond.

“I was proud to support the National Defense Authorization Act conference report because it will position Coastal Virginia to continue our critical role in securing America,” Congresswoman Luria said. “This NDAA will ensure the safety of all Americans, give our troops the pay raise they have earned, and help military servicemembers and their families receive the benefits and support they deserve.”

The final conference report included many of Congresswoman Luria’s priorities. These include:
  • $180.9 million in military construction projects in VA-02 to improve facilities at Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Story, and Wallops Island
  • Rep. Luria’s Military Pilots Cancer Incidence Study Act, which will help DOD understand cancer incidence and mortality rates in aviators throughout the armed services
  • A 3% pay raise for active duty servicemembers
  • Two ship buys for the Columbia-class and Virginia-class submarine, which are partially built in Virginia
  • Rep. Luria’s amendment requiring DOD to establish policy ensuring launch of small-class payloads, which will directly benefit the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallops
  • $90 million for the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program, which will enhance readiness and support Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • $50 million for Impact Aid and $20 million for Impact Aid for children with special needs
  • $2.2 billion to combat the rising threat of China through a Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) 
  • $494 million for the Maritime Security Program to account for impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S.-flagged fleet
Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.