Vicky Hartzler Speaks On House Armed Services Committee Passing National Defense Act

Local News Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Hartzler on House Armed Services Committee Passing National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021:

In order for America to project its dominance in the international system and safeguard the security of all Americans, we must keep modernizing our forces. The need to recapitalize and modernize exists across all the services and in all military domains. From nuclear to conventional, and from land to sea, we are relying on legacy platforms and weapons that must be updated to meet current and future threats. I’m proud this NDAA does just that,” Hartzler said.

“This bipartisan bill is a win for Missouri and a win for our country. Not only does this legislation bolster important national defense programs and help America keep our competitive advantage over our adversaries, it also provides critical funding for Missouri’s military installations and defense programs,” Hartzler added.

One of the provisions Hartzler championed included language from the Pharmaceutical Independence Long-Term Readiness Act, which she co-led with Rep. John Garamendi of California. That provision included in the NDAA requires Department of Defense to examine the vulnerabilities faced by our country’s dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals.

“China having control over the production of our military’s medicine poses a grave national security threat, and this provision will provide the Department of Defense and Congress with more information on these vulnerabilities so we can take proactive steps to secure the supply chain and encourage domestic production right here in the United States,” Hartzler said.

Congresswoman Hartzler had significant initiatives included in the committee passed bill including:

  • $40 million for the Fort Leonard Wood hospital replacement project;
  • $2.9 billion for the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base;
  • $119 million for the Next NGA West Complex in St. Louis;
  • $5 million to update T-38 ejection seats at Whiteman Air Force Base;
  • $696.7 million for Army Ammunition Production Plants, like the one at Lake City;
  • Funding for engine and propeller upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base;
  • Funding for Missouri-made aircraft including the F-15EX, F-18 Super Hornet, and T-7A trainer;
  • $28 million in advanced procurement funding for the F-18 Super Hornet to ensure the Navy continues to address its strike fighter short fall in Fiscal Year 2022;
  • Funding for Missouri-made munitions for the warfighter.
  • Language directing the Army to provide Congress a fielding strategy for updated Blackhawk helicopters to the Army National Guard, including to the 1-135th at Whiteman Air Force Base.
  • Language directing the Comptroller General of the United States to audit the implementation of Section 889 of the FY19 NDAA, which prohibits the federal government and federal contractors from procuring and using certain Chinese made telecommunications and video surveillance equipment;
  • Language directing the Secretary of Defense to include a strategy for the use of Chaplains and nonprofit post traumatic growth organizations for behavioral health care for military service members;

“Our military must be able to secure the tools necessary to readily address the evolving security needs of our nation. It is critical that we continue the path forward by investing in capabilities needed to ensure a credible deterrent posture now and into the future. I look forward to continuing this work when the full House of Representatives considers this legislation later this month,” Hartzler concluded.

Local News Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

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