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Rep. Schrader Votes for Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act


For Immediate Release

July 21, 2020

Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711


Rep. Schrader Votes for Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Schrader voted in support of HR 6395 the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 which included the bipartisan Norman/Schrader Amendment, a pay raise for America’s service members and pandemic response preparedness.


While not a perfect bill, this year’s NDAA included much needed pay raises for our brave service members and increased funding to strengthen our nation’s pandemic response,” said Rep. Schrader. “It also includes an amendment that would limit presidential authority around the Insurrection Act that would help prevent future instances of federal law enforcement overreach like we are currently seeing in my home state of Oregon.”


The bipartisan Norman/Schrader Amendment tasks the Secretary of Defense to prepare a report to Congress on programs funded by the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, the manner and extent to which the Secretary plans to shift the funding of each such program in the ensuing fiscal years, and a plan on how said funding will be transitioned in accordance with the President’s Budget Request. The expiration of the Budget Control Act presents an important opportunity to increase budget discipline and reduce the Department’s dependence on off-budget accounts.


The National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 also included provisions that limit presidential authority around the Insurrection Act, requiring the President and SECDEF to certify that the state they are sending federal troops to is unwilling or unable to suppress an insurrection. It also allows congress to pass a resolution terminating a president’s use of this authority.


Building off language included last year to protect service member financial well-being, Congressman Schrader introduced a new amendment that was voice voted. This amendment will require service members who start to receive Basic Allowance for Housing to get a rundown of their rights under federal law. Educating service members of their rights will go a long way to halting exploitation of our fighting men and women by financial institutions. 


Additionally, this year’s NDAA includes $1 billion in funding to establish a Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund. This would restore funding to biological and chemical threat reduction programs that have been cut under the current administration. It would also require federal agencies to develop and maintain stockpiles of critical medical supplies and protective equipment.