WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today spoke on the House floor in support of the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The text of Rep. Gallagher’s remarks can be found below:
I thank the Ranking Member, and I stand before you today in proud support of this bipartisan bill, which is a reflection of the hard work of both sides. This process remains some of the most gratifying work that we do in Congress and a testament to the way in which this institution can work when we put our minds to it.
The FY22 NDAA includes a topline budget that restores funding for shipbuilding, procurement, missile defense, and a number of other priorities that will help ensure the national defense of our great nation.
The bill that was voted out of Committee continues to support and improve the lives of those who sacrifice for our country on a daily basis by authorizing a military basic pay raise of 2.7%.
This bill reinforces the Committee’s long-standing commitment to the military family by requiring DoD to increase parental leave, expand the in-home childcare pilot program, and improve support available to military families with special needs children.
This bill also addresses the threat of COVID-19 by prohibiting the use of DoD funds to conduct research, including biomedical, infectious disease, and genomic research in China or with any entity controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. It also requires DoD to report to Congress on the number of military personnel infected with COVID-19 at the 2019 World Military Games in Wuhan, China. And, it requires DoD and the Director of National Intelligence to assess the involvement of the Chinese Communist Party in the origins of COVID-19.
Mr. Chairman, Mr. Ranking Member, this is an outstanding bipartisan bill. I thank you for both your work on it. I’m proud to be a member of this Committee. Let’s do our duty, let’s support our service-members, military families, and retirees, and let’s pass this bill.