Ranking Member Lamborn on the Passage of the Readiness Mark
Washington D.C. - Today, Wednesday, June 5, the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) reported out their subcommittee’s portion of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The Readiness Subcommittee has the largest portfolio on HASC, with jurisdiction over military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance, military construction, organic industrial base, the civilian and contract workforce, environment, military installations and real property management, family housing, base realignments and closures, and energy.
Congressman Doug Lamborn, Ranking Member and lead Republican of the Subcommittee, issued the following statement upon its passage:
“I am very pleased with the Readiness Subcommittee mark, which passed on a unanimous, bipartisan basis. As the Ranking Member, I was happy to work with my Republican and Democrat colleagues to uphold the long-standing, non-partisan tradition of the House defense committee—we have a great group of Members on Readiness, who are dedicated to serving our troops and their families. The Readiness Subcommittee has the largest budget on the Armed Services Committee. That said, Republicans on the Committee, based on many hours of testimony and briefings from our senior uniformed defense leaders, believe we must maintain real 3-5% growth of our defense budget in order to maintain parity with our near-peer competitors: Russia and China. I anticipate there will be a debate at the Full Committee with the Republicans fighting for the President’s higher defense topline to support simultaneous modernization, readiness restoration, and current operations. Additionally, it is important that we avoid imposing an ideologically-driven environmental policy like the Green New Deal at the Full Committee markup: the Readiness Subcommittee addressed the issue of base resiliency in an effective and bipartisan manner without resorting to wasteful mandates that would hurt our readiness.
In our mark, we continue to provide funds needed to restore our military’s readiness after 19 years of war while realigning with the President’s National Defense Strategy for a renewed focus on Russia and China. Of special note to Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, we fund four major military construction projects—most significant is the Combined Space Operations Facility on Schriever Air Force Base, which will ensure Colorado Springs remains the keystone of our nation’s space warfighting enterprise. Additionally, our bill:
- Codifies the requirement of a tenants’ bill of rights for residents of privatized military housing;
- Recommend the Full Committee provide funds to hire more personnel to conduct oversight of military family housing;
- Addresses the PFOS and PFOA issue by:
- Prohibiting the release of fluorinated firefighting foam at military installations;
- Provides the National Guard access to Defense Environmental Remediation Account funds for addressing PFOS and PFOA;
- Establishes a requirement for DoD to switch to fluorine-free firefighting agent;
- Directs the Department of Defense to update their building standards and plan for installation resiliency to withstand extreme weather without putting in place onerous red-tape and “Green New Deal” boondoggles;
- Supports the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) to help address deficiencies in defense community infrastructure projects “off base,” but which support military installations;
- Authorizes military construction projects to support the European Defense Initiative;
- Improves oversight, management, and accountability to improve military readiness.
It has been an honor and a privilege to work on this committee and serve the men and women in uniform and their families. “
A link to Congressman Lamborn's statement at the hearing can be found here.