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December 8, 2021

Rep. Kirkpatrick Votes for Annual Defense Bill Focused on Southern Arizona Servicemembers and Military Families, Strengthens National Security

Kirkpatrick & Colleagues Won Key Investments for Arizona Military Communities, & American Competitiveness

[Washington, D.C.] – Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick voted to pass bipartisan defense legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, that strengthens America’s security, recognizes the robust defense presence in Arizona, and meets the needs of our service members, veterans, and military families.  This bill bolsters pay and improves benefits for servicemembers, combats sexual assault in the military and modernizes our defense technology. 

“Especially representing southern Arizona, a district with a significant military presence, I was proud to vote and contribute to a bill that honors the service and sacrifice of our troops and their families,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “With this year’s defense funding bill, we secured crucial benefits and protections for our Arizona Servicemembers and our installations that will make our nation safer and stronger, while also making strong investments in our national defense, and in our security interests.”

“With collaboration and leadership from my colleagues, Senator Kelly and Rep. Gallego, we successfully secured Arizona priorities in the NDAA, including a prohibition of retirement of A-10’s for FY22, and my amendment directing the Air Force to provide transparency on the A-10 re-winging effort. We also secured significant investment in PFAS mitigation and the full authorization of the South Wilmot Gate at Davis Monthan, all major priorities for our community,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. 

When we invest in what makes America strong – from our technology to our alliances to our men and women in uniform – we make our nation safer,” continued Rep. Kirkpatrick.  “With the combined work from Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, this year’s annual defense bill secures a well-deserved pay raise for our troops, advances justice for survivors of sexual assault and ensures our nation has the right tools to protect our families and outcompete the world.  As the Biden-Harris Administration continues to rebuild our economy and our global standing with our allies and partners, I’m proud to support a defense bill that advances a smart, strategic and strong national security for the American people.”

For the sixty-first consecutive year, Congress will enact this essential legislation and fulfill its critical constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.”  The FY22 NDAA authorizes historic investments in our diverse fighting force, innovation and emerging technologies.  Doing so will ensure the Department of Defense can strengthen the nation’s efforts to defend democratic values and strengthen our alliances in the face of challenges from authoritarian states – while modernizing our national security institutions and processes to keep families safe on the homefront.

The FY22 NDAA:

·      secures a 2.7 percent pay increase for our men and women in uniform;

·      makes historic and significant changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice to combat sexual assault and related crimes in the military;

·      invests in Historically Black Colleges and Universities to help build a fairer and more diverse Armed Services; and

·      makes key investments to address the threat of climate change and bolster energy resiliency.

“As a member of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, I have the great responsibility of ensuring our defense communities are fully supported – and that starts with supporting our men and women in uniform,” Rep. Kirkpatrick continued.  “After countless visits to our Arizona military installations, I know the incredible impact of our defense communities and I am proud that this NDAA recognizes the value of Fort Huachuca and Davis Monthan service members and their vital missions.”

A summary of the provisions in the FY22 NDAA is available here.

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