MIL-OSI USA: House Passes NDAA with Congressman Don Davis’ Bipartisan Amendments

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Don Davis (NC-01)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Don Davis (NC-01) issued the following statement after he voted to pass H.R. 8070, the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025, by a margin of 217-199. The comprehensive legislation includes seventeen bipartisan amendments championed by Congressman Don Davis, most importantly, a provision to stop the Air Force from eliminating F-15E aircraft at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and cutting the 520 jobs that come with them.

“I refuse to stand idly by as the proposed 520-job cut at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base threatens to damage eastern North Carolina’s economy, already one of the most economically distressed regions in the nation. The Air Force’s plan to eliminate an entire squadron at Seymour Johnson is unacceptable. That is why I authored an amendment in the NDAA requiring transparency and accountability to the people of Wayne County and eastern North Carolina,” said Congressman Don Davis. “As negotiations move forward, I will continue the fight for women servicemembers’ access to reproductive health care and diversity within our ranks.”  

The House passage of H.R. 8070 means that the below 17 amendments championed by Congressman Davis will advance in the legislative process: 

  1. Stop F-15E divestment until the Air Force and Department of Defense produce reports and research contracts outlining the risks involved*
  2. Authorize funding for a Combat Arms Training & Maintenance (CATM) Complex at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base*
  3. Allow Service Academy graduates to fulfill their Active-Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) in the selected reserves as a recruiting officer if they are drafted as a professional athlete* 
  4. Increase Air Force Base Support to modernize installation law enforcement operations and physical security protection and services.
  5. Authorize additional funding for Longshot Munitions Technology Development*
  6. Authorize a pilot program to improve the use of Artificial Intelligence*
  7. Authorize a pilot program for combat training centers*
  8. Report on Implications of Continuing Resolutions and Government Shutdowns on Shipbuilding Efforts
  9. Report on human performance policies to optimize the readiness of military personnel
  10. Report on National Influenza Vaccine Modernization Strategy Implementation
  11. Report on strategies to identify, develop, and procure ground robotic autonomous systems supporting small unit operations
  12. Require regular reporting on the Postsecondary Education Complaint System (PECS)
  13. Report on the value of advanced extensible warhead technology
  14. Report on innovative clothing fiber for the 21st-century warfighter
  15. Report on Army load-carrying technology advancements 
  16. Report on innovative treatments for acute and chronic vascular trauma
  17. Report on Military Base Flood Mapping to mitigate flood damage at military installations

*These provisions will have the force of law provided they are included in the final version of the NDAA to be passed later this year. 

Military installations in eastern North Carolina include Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the United States Coast Guard—Elizabeth City, Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and Fort Liberty. Nearly 10,000 active duty personnel and 46,000 veterans are based in North Carolina’s First Congressional District.

Pay & Compensation:

  • 19.5% pay raise for junior enlisted service members (E-4 and below) and 4.5% basic pay increase for all other service members. 
  • Allocates funding to reverse the 5% reduction in Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and ensure BAH covers 100% of the calculated rate for the military housing area (MHA). 
  • Raises the threshold for the Basic Needs Allowance (BNA) to 200% of federal poverty guidelines. 

Securing the Border:

  • This amendment would prioritize small and medium law enforcement organizations (those with an annual budget of less than $200M) within 100 miles of the border under the 1033 program, which provides law enforcement with excess defense articles) to increase their counter drug surveillance and interdiction capabilities.
  • Requires DOD to brief Congress about all instances of attempted breaches of US military bases across the world in the last three years. For attempted breaches on the interior, the brief must include the perpetrator’s citizenship or immigration status.
  • Expresses a sense of Congress that the United States should not be spending more money to house unlawful migrants than we do on housing for America’s military families.

Housing

  • Requires the DoD’s annual budget request to identify the cost to fully fund the Facility Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (FSRM) accounts—which provide the funds to keep DoD facilities in good, working order—and reduce the backlog of required maintenance. 
  • Requires DoD to designate personnel responsible for the oversight of unaccompanied housing, such as barracks. 
  • Requires a study on providing free wireless internet access to service members in all unaccompanied housing facilities. 

Healthcare 

  • Assesses the effectiveness of current access standards to meet the healthcare needs of service members and their families. 
  • Requires the Department to provide access to care data for all health care services available at each Military Treatment Facility with inpatient capabilities to have a better picture of where issues exist. 
  • Expands access to specialty providers. 

Childcare

  • Fully funds childcare fee assistance programs to eliminate fee assistance wait lists for eligible families. 
  • It extends current maximum student-to-teacher ratios in Defense Department schools through the 2029-2030 school year. 
  • Authorizes $50 million for local educational agencies with military dependent students and $20 million for local educational agencies eligible to receive payment for children with severe disabilities. 

Spousal Support 

  • Permanently authorizes the Military Spouse Career Accelerator Pilot which provides employment support to military spouses through a paid fellowship with employers across various industries. 
  • Permanently grants authority to DoD to make transferring professional licenses between states easier for military spouses. 
  • Expands eligibility for DoD Child Development Programs—both on and off-installation—for unemployed military spouses actively seeking employment. 

Other Key Contributions 

  • Authorizes $32.4 billion in shipbuilding funding for the procurement of six battle force ships. 
  • Authorizes $300 million for new unaccompanied housing and child development centers, 
  • Authorizes the investment of $3.9 billion in NATO support and for countering Russian aggression programs in the face of Vladimir Putin’s brutal and unjustified war in Ukraine.

Congressman Don Davis is a 1994 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and is the Vice Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness.

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