Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL), Lead Republican of the House Armed Services Committee, released a statement following House passage of the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
"I am grateful for the work by my colleagues in the House and the Senate to craft a bipartisan and bicameral NDAA that bolsters our national security and supports our troops. This bill will prepare our military to face the ever-growing threat of China by banning them from our American supply chain and modernizing our weapon systems. In addition, this bill blocks the left's attempt to push their social agenda through Congress by eliminating the provisions that would restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of servicemembers and require young women to register for the draft. It also prohibits the DOD from dishonorably discharging servicemembers who choose not to take the COVID-19 vaccine, requires strong accountability measures for the Biden Administration's debacle in Afghanistan, and provides a 2.7% pay increase for our brave servicemembers.
"The FY22 NDAA is critical for Alabama's proud defense industrial base that employs thousands. I am especially pleased to see funding for the Anniston Army Depot and increased funding for shipbuilding.
"Congress has no greater responsibility than to provide for our defense and to make sure the brave Americans who wear the uniform have the best equipment and training to defend our liberty and freedom. I am proud of the role this bill plays in that vital effort."
See a summary of the FY22 NDAA HERE.