Crist Votes to Pass FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Strengthens US Security At Home and Abroad

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist released this statement following House passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation which authorizes $768 billion in discretionary funding, a $36 billion increase from last year, to support our servicemembers, defend our country, and keep Florida families safe.

The legislation includes valuable provisions to care for our troops and their families including a 2.7% military base pay raise, improvements to military healthcare such as affordable mental health and contraceptive care, investments in base housing and family assistance, and funding to protect servicemembers from harmful PFAS contamination in drinking water around military facilities. The bill includes Rep. Crist’s amendment to require reporting and oversight of aircraft turbine engine rotors to keep our aircraft fully operational. Specifically, the amendment requires a report on our inventory and production of turbine rotors, including replacements, and on investments we are making in rotor research and production.

This year’s NDAA also features several other Crist priorities. Specifically, the legislation:

  • Counters Russia by fully supporting our NATO allies and funding the European Deterrence Initiative;
  • Supports our Afghan allies through Special Immigrant Visas and relocation efforts;
  • Increases protections for victims of sexual assault, including against reprisals from their chain of command;
  • Confronts China through $8.8 billion in the Pacific Deterrence Initiative and investments in domestic manufacturing, like hypersonics and semiconductors;
  • Protects military facilities from extreme weather events and sea level rise cause by climate change; and
  • Requires an independent review of suicide prevention and response efforts at military installations.

“My number one job in Congress is keeping Florida families safe, which is why I am proud to vote today to pass the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. This bill includes record funding to counter Russia and China, fight violent extremism, and invest in new capabilities like space, hypersonics, and cybersecurity,” said Rep. Crist. “This year’s bill includes a well-deserved pay raise for our troops, increased protections for victims of sexual assault, improvements to family housing and healthcare, oversight of suicide prevention efforts, and greater access to mental health resources. I’m proud that the defense bill also contains my amendment to keep our advanced aircraft in the skies, protecting Pinellas and thousands of local jobs tied to our air fleet. Finally, we harden our critical facilities against rising sea levels and extreme whether events, climate change threats Floridians know far too well.”

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