With Rouda Provision, House Passes Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) voted to pass H.R. 6395, the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). H.R. 6395 includes Representative Rouda's bipartisan bill, the Protecting Our Servicemembers’ Care Act, to address recent lapses in TRICARE health care benefits for National Guard and Reserve personnel and their families.
"This year's bipartisan NDAA advances accountability, equity, and security across the United States and around the world — all while confronting the climate crisis and emerging cyber space threats," said Rouda. "Key provisions, like my bill to address health care coverage lapses for service personnel, clean-up of PFAS contaminated military bases, and sexual assault prevention policies, prioritize the health and safety of our brave troops and their families. H.R. 6395 also responds to COVID-19 and prepares for future pandemics, ensuring our nation has the infrastructure required to save American lives."
H.R. 6395, the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
- Gives Our Troops a Pay Raise & Protects Their Safety: authorizing a three percent military pay raise, protecting their health by cleaning up PFAS chemicals, investing in housing improvements for military members and families, and advancing justice and safety with improvements to sexual assault prevention and response.
- Strengthens America’s Health & Economic Security: with important fixes to expand paid parental leave for certain federal civilian employees inadvertently omitted originally, initiatives to combat the climate crisis, and proactively strengthen our nation’s defenses to future pandemics, including a $1 billion Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund.
- Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic: proactively strengthens our nation’s defenses to pandemics, including a $1 billion Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund; boosts America’s industrial base resilience; helps Maritime Security Program carriers keep ships fully crewed during COVID-19; supports NATO’s multinational response to the pandemic; and provides funds to the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, with an increased focus on cooperative biological engagement to detect and confront biological threats.
- Addresses Climate Change: requires a report on the implementation of provisions from the FY2020 NDAA related to installation, master planning, updates to the Unified Facilities Criteria (building codes), sea-level rise modeling, and climate assessment tools. Authorizes additional funding to support research that advances long-range forecasting of seasonal and sub seasonal weather patterns, which would provide national security officials with advanced warning of potentially destabilizing events.
- Provides for Removing the Names of Confederates from Our Military Bases: requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify, report on a process, and change the names of all military bases and infrastructure named for individuals who took up arms against America by serving in the Confederacy, with the process to be completed in one year. Also prohibits the public display of the Confederate flag on DOD installations.