Washington, D.C.- Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The House and Senate will soon form a conference committee to reconcile each of their defense bills, putting it on track to be the 60th consecutive defense bill passed by Congress. This year, the House considered over 400 amendments on the Floor, significantly altering a bill that unanimously passed out of the House Armed Services Committee by a vote of 57-0.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement after passage of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act:"I was happy to vote for the bipartisan bill which passed out of the Armed Services Committee unanimously. Unfortunately, House Democrats have used the historically bipartisan defense bill as a vehicle for them to lump in their non-defense related progressive policies which they’d otherwise be unable to get passed into law. There are far too many extraneous far-left amendments in this bill for me to support. These amendments include two Democrat lands bills, the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, together which make up the largest land grab in Colorado’s history. There are other provisions to eliminate student loan debt, hamstring our nuclear modernization efforts, and inject progressive social policies into the Department of Defense which I cannot support. This bill even ties the hands of President Trump and future presidents from using our military to help quell insurrections and manage civil unrest. I am saddened House Democrats have once again corrupted this bipartisan product through their unwillingness to restrain the anti-defense progressive wing of their party. Despite numerous far-left provisions, I was pleased to see many of my pro-defense provisions make it into the final version, which includes over $366 million for military construction projects in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, over $1.5 billion for PFAS remediation, and the creation of many exciting new national security space programs which will have enormous positive impacts on Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities. As we begin to form a conference committee with the Senate Armed Services Committee, I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to strip the worst of the far-left provisions from this bill and produce a final product focused on supporting our warfighters and their families."
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