MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Panetta’s Statement on the Amended FY25 NDAA

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif)

Monterey, CA – United States Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the amended FY25 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed the House 217-199:

“The House Armed Services Committee worked hard to craft a bipartisan, unifying National Defense Authorization Act that made incredible progress for our servicemembers and their families, bolstered our national defense, and cemented California’s 19thCongressional District leadership in innovation.

“The Majority party chose to discard that good-faith work, and their leadership allowed the extremists in their party to add divisive amendments that would restrict access to reproductive care for women in uniform, attack the rights of LGBTQ+ servicemembers and their families, and harm the United States’ ability to recruit and retain the military personnel we need to ensure readiness.

“I am proud that the House Armed Services Committee produced a bipartisan NDAA appropriately named, the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act.  That legislative package reflected the values of our nation, enhanced the well-being of servicemembers, and took a clear-eyed approach to the security challenges facing our nation.  Unfortunately, the leadership of the Majority party allowed the hyper-partisan policies of their extremists to undermine those efforts, and I could not support the legislation as amended on the House floor.  As we did last year, I will continue working alongside my colleagues in the Senate to pass a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act that puts politics aside and delivers on our responsibility to our servicemembers, local military installations, and national security.”