ICYMI: Prior to the Full House Vote on NDAA, Congresswoman Luria Continues to Advocate for Coastal Virginians
WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this month, the House Armed Services Committee marked up the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, during which Congresswoman Luria advocated for Hampton Roads and a bipartisan approach to the most important national security legislation of the year. The bill passed the committee unanimously, emphasizing the bipartisan nature of the bill and the need to fully support national security in our country.
“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act will keep Americans safe and position Coastal Virginia to continue our critical role in securing America,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Matters of national security should transcend politics, and I am proud that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle found common ground. This bill prioritizes sensible national security policy, provides certainty for the defense industrial base, and—most importantly—supports our servicemembers and military families. I encourage my fellow colleagues to consider the necessity of this bill as we consider it on the House floor.”
The Chairman’s mark included several of Congresswoman Luria’s policy priorities, including the text of the Military Pilots Cancer Incidence Study Act (H.R. 5858). This study will help the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs fully understand the cause and prevalence of cancer diagnoses and deaths among military pilots. The data will be broken down by age, gender, type of aircraft flown, and military service to analyze the correlation between cockpit exposure and cancer rates.
The bill coming to the floor 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
The House Armed Services Committee also accepted amendments advancing other priorities of the Congresswoman, including the United States-Israel Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Collaborative Research Act (H.R. 5605). This provision will leverage American and Israeli research assets and experiences to develop best practices in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD.
The Committee also recognized the vital mission of military commissaries by directing the Secretary of Defense to study and advise on options to operate commissaries during a Federal government shutdown.
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.