Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02)
November 19, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria issued the following statement regarding the motion to send the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to conference, as the conferees in both chambers of Congress negotiate the final text of the legislative package.
“As the Representative of a district that is home to eight military installations and thousands of servicemembers and military families, going to conference on the Fiscal Year 2021 NDAA is an important step toward passing legislation that is critical to both our regional economy and our national security,” said Congresswoman Luria. “I look forward to reviewing the final conference report and passing an NDAA that will improve the readiness of our armed services and the quality of life of our servicemembers and their families.”
Throughout the NDAA process, Congresswoman Elaine Luria has urged NDAA conferees to include vital national security, energy, and veterans’ priorities in the final conference report. These include:
- Strengthening the Jones Act. Last month, Congresswoman Luria led a letter asking NDAA conferees to include language in the NDAA to clarify that federal laws, including the Jones Act, apply to offshore wind development.
- The United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act. This bill, which Congresswoman Luria led alongside Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL-06), would leverage research and assets from the U.S. and Israel for the research, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD. The legislation also creates a grant program for universities and private non-profits to research PTSD. The House of Representative’s version of the NDAA included language from this bill.
- The TRICARE ECHO Improvement Act. Congresswoman Luria co-led this bill with Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) to benefit thousands of active-duty families with special needs dependents who benefit from the TRICARE Echo Program. It would improve TRICARE ECHO access for military families with special needs dependents and provides equitable coverage of the services widely offered through Medicaid.
- The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act. This bipartisan bill, which Congresswoman Luria introduced, would encourage further development of advanced nuclear energy programs. These investments will create high-quality jobs, strengthen national security, reduce foreign energy dependence, and promote emissions-free energy. Provisions of Congresswoman Luria’s bill were included in the Senate’s version of the NDAA and the House of Representative’s Clean Economy and Jobs Innovation Act.
- Provisions addressing sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence in the military. In September, Congresswoman Luria joined several of her colleagues in urging NDAA conferees to retain ten sections of the House-passed NDAA that eliminate these abhorrent behaviors. Examples of these provisions include launching a pilot program to test a new model for the prosecution of sexual assaults at the military service academies, improving coordination of support services for military sexual trauma survivors, and establishing a military-civilian task force on domestic violence to improve data collection.
The House-passed NDAA also includes the base text of Congresswoman Luria’s bipartisan Military Pilot Cancer Incidence Study Act, as well as her amendments that would:
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.