Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06)
Defense Bill Includes Seventeen Crow-led Amendments; Now Moves to Senate for Consideration
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) today voted to pass the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 in the House of Representatives, which will authorize Department of Defense spending for the coming fiscal year. As part of the $778 billion funding bill, the House passed seventeen Crow-led amendments that will help position Colorado to lead as the United States confronts unprecedented challenges at home and abroad. The final bill also includes Crow-led legislation to establish a Global War on Terrorism memorial on the National Mall.
This NDAA puts our hardworking service men and women first by authorizing a 2.7 percent pay increase for our service men and women. By making key investments to modernize military infrastructure and fortify the technological advantage of the world’s most powerful military, this defense spending will ensure the United States has the tools to confront growing threats like China and Russia.
“Not only will the funding in this bill help confront the challenges we face at home and abroad, it will position Colorado to lead while we do it. By addressing 21st-century challenges like space defense, climate change, and biosecurity, this funding will make America stronger and safer,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “Today, I was proud to help deliver a well-deserved pay raise for our troops and advance policies that will ensure their safety and wellbeing.”
“As we close out 20 years of war in Afghanistan, I’m proud to have passed my and Rep. Gallagher’s legislation to build a monument on the National Mall honoring the service and sacrifice of our troops during the Global War on Terror. Those of us who have served know the transformative power of a sacred place where the American people can come to reflect, remember, and heal. A permanent tribute in our Nation’s Capital will go a long way in honoring those who served this country over the past 20 years in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Congressman Crow continued.
Congressman Crow passed seventeen of his amendments in the Fiscal Year 2022 NDAA, making progress on numerous long-term priorities, including:
Positioning Coloradans to lead in the 21st Century:
- Space National Guard Establishment Act (Co-led with Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO-05))
- Establishes a Space National Guard as a reserve component of the Space Force
- More than a third of all National Guard members assigned to space missions currently reside in Colorado, and stand ready to support the Space National Guard
- Establishment of a University Consortium for Space Technology
- Authorizes $10 million for the establishment of a university consortium for space technology development which will support the Space Force’s research and development efforts
- University of Colorado’s leadership in this field positions it as a foremost candidate to lead the consortium’s efforts.
- Report on Technology Solutions to Counter the Small Unmanned Drone Threat
- Requires plan to expedite the development and fielding of counter-drone technologies
- Colorado is leading the way in the development of these technologies
- Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act (Co-led with Congressman John Katko (R-NY-24)
- Helps eliminate barriers to employment facing immigrants and refugees across the country by directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct a study on factors that impact employment opportunities for immigrants and refugees with professional credentials from other countries
- According to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2019, nearly 10 percent of Colorado’s population was born outside of the U.S, more than 546,000 individuals.
Supporting Our Servicemembers:
- Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (Co-Led with Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08)
- Authorizes the establishment of a memorial for servicemembers of the Global War on Terrorism on the National Mall in Washington, DC
- Portions of the Showing American Values by Evacuating (SAVE) Afghan Partners Act (Co-led with Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI-03))
- Expands the Special Immigrant Visa program by making clear that those employed under cooperative agreements and grants are eligible for the Afghan SIV program
- Commending Servicemembers who Assisted in the Afghanistan Evacuation
- Honors all Servicemembers who contributed to the Afghanistan Evacuation
- Remembers the thirteen servicemembers who lost their lives
- Realizing Efforts for Military Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REMEDI) Act (Co-led with Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03))
- Updates outdated diversity training requirements for our military to include discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and other topics.
- The last time the Department of Defense codified diversity training requirements was over 20 years ago.
- Havana Syndrome Service Member Support Act (Co-led with Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH-10) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02))
- Establishes a cross-functional team to address challenges posed by Anomalous Health Incidents (AHIs), aka “Havana Syndrome”
- Ensures those affected by AHIs receive timely and comprehensive care by integrating cross-agency efforts
- Directs Secretary of Defense to appoint an Under Secretary to lead the cross-functional team
- Reporting on Defense Biosecurity
- Directs the Department of Defense to report biosecurity efforts and its ongoing efforts to protect servicemembers’ information and privacy
Addressing Climate Change and Securing Base Resilience:
- Guaranteeing Resilient Installations for Defense (GRID) Act (Co-led with Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE-02))
- Creates a two-year pilot program to address vulnerabilities in electric grids that serve critical military installations
- Must be carried out at a minimum of three installations
- Addresses threats to the electric grid from nature, terrorism, or cyberattacks
- Military Installation Resilience (MIR) in Existing Defense Strategies
- Requires service secretaries to consider installation resilience when making strategic decisions regarding installations and developing Defense Planning Guidance
- Accurate Data for Defense Resiliency (ADD Resiliency) Act (Co-led with Reps. Don Bacon (NE-02) and Jim Langevin (D-RI-02))
- Ensures the Department of Defense uses accurate analytical tools in projecting lifecycle costs and performance potential of energy resilience measures
- Integrating Military Installation Resilience Considerations into Systems Acquisition
- Requires the Department of Defense to develop recommendations on integrating resilience considerations into its purchases
- Would move the Department of Defense towards making more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly purchasing decisions
Ensuring Accountability in the Military:
- The Transparency in Reporting for an Accurate Count of Combat Equipment (TRACCE) Act (Co-Led with Congressman Scott Franklin (R-FL-15))
- Requires annual report on missing, lost, and stolen weapons, large amounts of ammunition, and explosive material from the Department of Defense
- Reporting suggests thousands of military weapons have gone missing, and some have been involved in shootings, robberies, and gang activity
- Afghanistan Oversight
- Requires in-depth reports and briefings to Congress to ensure there is transparency and ongoing oversight of the developing security situation in Afghanistan
- Will provide critical information on U.S. ability to counter terrorism, accountability on military equipment left in the country, and the plan to rescue American citizens and Afghan allies who remain in the country.
The NDAA will now proceed to the Senate for consideration.
See a full explainer on the expansive bill here.