Pikes Peak Region Wins Big in the FY2021 NDAA
Washington, D.C. – Today the United States House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.
Congressman Lamborn, Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee released the following statement:
“I was pleased that the National Defense Authorization Act passed the United States House of Representatives. As a conferee, I was happy to successfully secure over $984.2 million dollars in new funding for defense programs in Colorado’s Fifth District. I also succeeded in removing partisan provisions, such as unconstitutional red-flag laws and massive land grabs throughout Colorado, the largest land grabs in state history.
"I understand President Trump’s concerns over a couple of provisions in this legislation. President Trump is correct. We need to take a serious look at repealing or revising Section 230. Big tech has gotten away with censoring conservatives and I am seriously concerned by their actions. I am a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation by Rep. Gosar which would revise Section 230. I urge my Republican and Democratic colleagues to immediately take up this legislation. With that said, this year’s NDAA was vital to supporting our troops and our district. I have to support legislation which funds our men and women in uniform currently serving in harm’s way overseas, gives a pay raise to our military, provides key funding for important national security space programs, and increases our readiness to confront our near-peer adversaries seeking to confront us around the globe.”
Through advocacy as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee Congressman Lamborn was able to include funding for the Pikes Peak region for defense research, next-generation weapons systems, and construction efforts in excess of $984.2 million, just under one billion dollars, to include:
-Four military construction projects in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District totaling nearly $150 million:
-Consolidated Space Operations Facility on Schriever AFB: the next-generation national security space operations center which will further strengthen Colorado Springs’ position as the future home of Space Command;
-State-of-the-art physical fitness facility and Special Operations Forces tactical equipment maintenance facility on Fort Carson; and
-Future National Guard Readiness Center on Peterson AFB;
These projects will bring the total investment of military construction in the Pikes Peak region to over $2.95 billion since Congressman Lamborn has been in office and serving on the Armed Services Committee;
-Increased transparency on the use of PFAS and authorizes $90 million for the research and development of a non-PFAS firefighting agent, and authorization of $1.4 billion for environmental remediation and cleanup at current military installations, formerly utilized defense sites, and installations closed by BRAC;
-Increasing homeland missile defense from cruise missile threats in support of the NORTHCOM warfighters and setting conditions for the establishment of homeland defense “under-layer”;
-Increased funding for key missile defense programs and procurement;
-Increased funding for directed energy programs;
-Codifying National Security Space Launch language which benefits Colorado;
-The creation of several new national security space policies which will enhance the resiliency of our defense space assets;
-Increased funds to support Stryker vehicle lethality upgrades which will benefit our units on Fort Carson;
-The creation of the Directed Energy Working Group within the DoD to coordinate directed energy programs across the services;
-The authorization of directed energy missile defense co-development agreements between the U.S. and Israel.