LaMalfa Helps Pass National Defense Authorization Act

Dec 19, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act which sets the priorities for military spending and troop pay. The bill’s historic bipartisanship was sidelined as the New Democratic majority attempted to include many irrelevant provisions, such as blocking wall funding and altering military transgender policy. Those controversial poison pills were stripped from the bill allowing today’s bipartisan vote.

 “I am pleased to see a bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act finally pass the House. This bill contains an important pay raise for our service members and continues the work of rebuilding our defense capabilities,” stated Rep. Doug LaMalfa. “Its delayed passage, because of outrageous provisions added by Democrats, stalled much needed investments in modern weaponry and upgrading our nuclear capabilities. It would be much more productive if we avoided the virtue signaling and found a middle ground rather than retreating to partisan corners for months on end.”

The 2020 NDAA strengthens America’s national security and supports our men and women in uniform.

  • Authorizes $738 billion in base and OCO funding, as well as an additional $5.3 billion in emergency funding for disaster recovery.
  • Supports the Trump Administration’s work to increase our lethality and restore the readiness of our forces.
  • Advances the National Defense Strategy and provides the resources necessary to counter Russia and China.
  • Provides resources for unmanned submarines, the sixth-generation jet fighter, guided-missile destroyers, amphibious warships, P-8, E-2, and V-22 aircraft, Army hypersonics, next-generation helicopters, F-16 radars, 12 additional F-35s, F-15EX fighters, support for 5G, cyber, and ballistic missile defense programs, and more.
  • Provides badly needed funding for nuclear modernization and supports all three legs of our nuclear triad. It allows for an increase in plutonium pit production as well as the deployment of low- yield nuclear weapons. This legislation also fully funds all ongoing nuclear warhead modernization programs.
  • Establishes the Space Force as the sixth Armed Service branch of the U.S. military. 
  • This legislation also allows us to further counter our adversaries through sanctions and includes authorities against Russia, Syria, and North Korea.
  • Supports a 3.1 percent pay raise for our troops, the largest increase in a decade, and includes a needed overhaul of privatized military housing.
  • Establishes a responsible process to end the Widow’s Tax.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.