Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act
Washington D.C. - Upon passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee, released the following statement:
"As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I consider providing for the common defense and ensuring our men and women in uniform have the best equipment and training we can offer them my chief responsibility as a legislator. Every year, those of us on the Armed Services Committee spend months of preparation in hearings, meetings, and briefings before going into our full-day markup of the defense bill. Historically, our committee is largely bipartisan, and it is unfortunate that Democrats have broken this longstanding tradition. The defense bill is a must-pass piece of legislation, and I support the many positive bipartisan amendments I was able to include. Regretfully, however, this bill contained many problematic provisions which ultimately I cannot support, including hamstringing our nuclear enterprise, social engineering in our armed forces, climate activism, closing Guantanamo Bay, ignoring the crisis at the border, refusing to provide a substantial funding amount, and other leftwing political policies. Sadly, the Democrats have included these provisions at the expense of our real national security needs.
Moving forward, I will work closely with the House Republicans and my colleagues in the Senate to restore some of the critical funds the House Democrats failed to include and curtail their political excesses."
After a marathon of over 20 straight hours of debate and negotiation, considering over 500 amendments, the House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 out of committee. Congressman Lamborn had several significant amendments, initiatives, and debates, including:
- Included four major military construction projects in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District totaling over $322M:
- Combined Space Operations Facility on Schriever AFB;
- Company Operations Facility on Fort Carson;
- Consolidating Cadet Preparatory School Dormitory on USAFA;
- Special Operations Command NORTHCOM Operational Support Facility on Peterson AFB;
- Sponsored an amendment to preserve the space-based missile defense program;
- Increased funding for directed energy missile defense programs;
- Stops the use of PFOS containing foams from being used during training;
- Sponsored language supporting space test ranges such as the Catalyst Campus;
- Debated Democrats about the crisis at the border and preventing the closure of Guantanamo Bay;
- Led the national security space launch policy negotiations;
- Sponsored an amendment that requires the Pentagon to report on the costs to implement the Green New Deal and consequences to national security;
- Increased funds for hardware made in Colorado that gives our warfighters next-generation GPS;
- Increased funds to help accelerate Stryker vehicle lethality upgrades, like those on Fort Carson;
- Ease coordination between commercial space companies to provide data for national security;
- Directed DoD to expand and strengthen the military radar industrial base;
- Directed DoD to develop a sustainment plan for critical microelectronics like those made in Colorado Springs;
- Expanded spousal license renewal reimbursement to $1,000.
The next step for the National Defense Authorization Act is for the bill to be debated on the House floor, later this month.