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December 8, 2020

Rep. Kirkpatrick Secures Arizona Victories in Final NDAA Passage

Introduced Amendments for A-10 Transparency and Wildlife Protections 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick joined her House colleagues to pass the Conference Report on H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021. The NDAA authorizes $732 billion in discretionary spending for our national defense for FY 2021, including approximately $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). Rep. Kirkpatrick’s two Arizona centric amendments were successfully included in the final passage of the bill. The bill passed the House with a 335-78 bipartisan vote, overriding the President’s veto authority. 

This year’s NDAA included an impressive list of key Democratic priorities, such as creating a more inclusive and diverse military, establishing norms to counter racism and extremism, providing a pay raise for our troops, making investments in military infrastructure, improving sexual assault prevention and response programs, as well as authorizing hazard duty pay for service members in harm’s way.

“The NDAA we passed today honors our values, strengthens our security, and advances America’s leadership in the world,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “Seeing all of the provisions come together, from providing more Veterans assistance to taking strides on climate change, has been an incredible experience and a meaningful one.”

Additionally, two of Rep. Kirkpatrick’s amendments made it into the final bill — one that would ensure greater transparency from the Air Force with the A-10 re-winging effort, and another to support the Sentinel Landscape partnership. The A-10 amendment will require a report to the congressional defense committees on the progress the service has made toward the A-10 re-winging. The Sentinel Landscape partnership at Fort Huachuca is a popular local collaboration that would protect wildlife habitat while also ensuring military readiness. Rep. Kirkpatrick’s amendment would help facilitate the Sentinel Landscape partnership by making it easier for the Department of Defense to partner with other federal agencies.    

“Our military installations in Southern Arizona are a critical part of our state’s economy and our national security,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “I am proud that both of my amendments made their way through the House and Senate and will now reach the President’s desk for his signature. Our amendments are focused on transparency and collaboration, and I look forward to continuing that work and delivering more victories to our home state.” 

To view Rep. Kirkpatrick’s A-10 amendment, click here.

To view Rep. Kirkpatrick’s Sentinel Landscape partnership amendment, click here.

The full conference report is available here.

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