U.S. Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It boosts our defense topline by $25 billion, ensuring growth of 5%, to provide our military with the necessary resources and tools to defend our nation. The NDAA authorizes a 2.7% pay increase for servicemembers, extends military recruitment and retention bonuses and special pay authorities, and provides nearly $1.5 billion to improve servicemember family housing. It also authorizes funds to conduct counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, prohibits the Department of Defense (DoD) from providing any financial support to the Taliban, and prohibits the use of DoD funds to conduct research in China or with any entity controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.
Many of the problematic provisions from the initial House version have been successfully taken out of this bill, such the requirement for women to register for the draft, and the "red flag" laws that unlawfully target law-abiding veteran gun owners by stripping their Second Amendment rights based on legal allegations that lack due process, reasonable suspicion, and probable cause.
"The federal government's number one priority is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. This year's NDAA will provide the necessary resources to continue to rebuild our military's readiness, develop new technologies, and properly defend our nation," said Rep. David Kustoff. "Importantly, this legislation gives our brave servicemen and women a well-deserved 2.7 percent pay raise, supports servicemembers and their families, and holds the Biden Administration accountable over its disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. For over 60 years, Congress has come together to pass this critical legislation to ensure the safety and security of our nation. I look forward to this bill becoming law."