Brooks Supports Funding for the Brave Men and Women of Our Military
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 6395, the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA) in the House of Representatives:
"I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act to support our troops and their families by giving troops the resources, training, and policies they need to keep themselves safe in order for them to fulfil their mission of keeping all Americans safe. Funding our military and their families is a bipartisan issue, and I am proud both sides of the aisle came together in support of the men and women who fight for us and preserve our freedoms. I am also pleased Republicans and Democrats came together to defeat a far-left amendment, which would have cut military funding by 10%. I think the American people should know when it comes to national security we can put our differences aside. The NDAA includes many crucial parts including military pay raises, investing in emerging technologies of advanced defense systems to deter authoritarian regimes like China and Russia, resources to the DOD to address COVID-19, and much more.”
The Fiscal Year 2021 NDAA provides $740.5B for national defense discretionary programs, as requested by the President and consistent with the bipartisan budget agreement.
- Includes $69B for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).
- Provides our troops a 3% pay raise and supports their families with the pay and benefits they deserve.
- Continues to fund nuclear modernization to ensure our nuclear deterrent is safe and reliable.
- Funds the B-21, Columbia-Class submarine, and Ground Base Strategic Deterrent
- Supports the procurement of Virginia-Class submarines, two Arleigh Burke destroyers, 79 F-35 aircraft, Apaches, Blackhawks, Abrams tanks, and Stryker upgrades.
- Increases funding for the procurement of advanced weapons system, autonomous systems, AI, and RDT&E.
- Establishes the Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative to fund emergent technologies, support our allies, and deter China.
- Continues to fund the European Deterrence Initiative to support our allies and counter Russian aggression.
- Provides DOD with the resources necessary to address COVID-19, including PPE, testing capabilities, and diagnostic testing.