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Robert Aderholt

12/07/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2021 21:21

CONGRESSMAN ADERHOLT STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE FY2022 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHROIZATION ACT

WASHINGTON-Tuesday evening, Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, (NDAA.) It now goes to the Senate for approval.

"I'm pleased to see and support the revised NDAA before the House that both increases our defense funding and reverses the cuts that the Biden Administration proposed in the previous version," Aderholt said. "It's our job in Congress to ensure that our military is not only well funded but continues to maintain the highest standards in strength and capability."

"I would like to thank Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03), Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee, for his leadership in the effort to maintain those standards. From Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville to the military shipbuilders in Mobile, our national defense will always be one of my top priorities.

"The revised NDAA boosts the defense topline by $25 billion, a 5% increase over FY2021. It authorizes a 2.7% pay increase and benefits for servicemembers, reverses cuts to shipbuilding and aircraft procurement, includes all-time high investments into research and development, prohibits the Department of Defense from dishonorably discharging servicemembers that refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, mandates accountability on the Afghanistan withdrawal by demanding that the DoD recover all U.S. aircraft,and prohibits any financial support to the Taliban. I am also pleased that this final bill removed the requirement for women to register for the Selective Service."

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