July 12, 2019
Washington, D.C.- Today, the House passed H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 by a vote of 220 to 197, without the support of a single Republican. Upon passage, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), made the following remarks:
“Following months of bipartisan collaboration with our colleagues, the Democratic-controlled House presented the most progressive NDAA in a decade. Not only does this NDAA and its provisions keep our nation safe, but it honors the values of our country, strengthens our security, and advances America’s leadership in the world.
“This bill underpins a smart defense posture with a tough stance on Russia and continued collaboration with allies, eliminates wasteful spending, promotes a more inclusive military by reinforcing the values of diversity and ending the President’s ban on transgender service members, and solidifies Congress’ oversight role of defense programs and the authorization to use of military force.
“The bill includes critical provisions to curb U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen and prevent an unauthorized war with Iran. It would help spur cleanup of PFAS chemicals in drinking water and require the Department of Defense to take steps to mitigate and address the threat of climate change. In addition, the bill would prohibit deployment funding for the low-yield nuclear warheads. Because of these and other critical provisions, it was of the utmost importance to our national defense that we pass the NDAA – and we did.”
“I am proud that House Democrats stood together in the face of partisan rhetoric while, unfortunately, our Republican colleagues turned their backs on the men and women who defend our nation, and instead choose to use them as political pawns.”