PASSED - Houlahan Leads PA Delegation in National Defense Authorization Act
The overwhelmingly bipartisan bill passed the House 316-133 and included Houlahan’s amendment to modernize the military selective service system by extending it to women
Washington, September 24, 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), a veteran and member of the House Armed Services Committee, celebrated the dozens of legislative priorities she successfully incorporated into the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House last night.
“As a former Air Force officer and the only Pennsylvanian on the Armed Services Committee, this annual defense bill is a top priority for my office,” said Houlahan. “Our nation faces serious, evolving threats around the world, and we owe it to our servicemembers and their families to give them the support they need as they proudly defend our national security. I’ve spoken with countless veterans and servicemembers about their needs and promised to bring forward legislation on their behalf – this bill delivers on that promise.”
The annual defense bill passed the House by a 316-133 vote. Notably, Houlahan successfully advanced her historic, bipartisan effort to modernize the military selective service by extending it women.
“Last night, we made history,” said Houlahan. “The military selective service system hasn’t been used to draft Americans in decades – I hope it stays that way. But should our nation face a catastrophe so large we need to activate our selective service system, we must be ready to have all hands on deck. That includes women.”
“This bipartisan effort also addresses the reality of our military posture today. There are jobs in cybersecurity, STEM, technical support and more that weren’t as prevalent when the draft was first established. It’s beyond time to modernize this part of our military readiness.”
In addition to the amendments Houlahan passed in committee markup, she secured additional priorities since the NDAA passed out of committee. Her work:
Houlahan was also proud to advance other provisions in the NDAA that support our brave servicemembers, veterans, their families, and all who care for them. This bill:
“I am once again incredibly proud of the work of the House Armed Services Committee, despite the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “The NDAA represents the legislative process at its best. This year, like every year, we worked for months to identify policies where we agree, and where we don’t, and engaged in thorough, thoughtful debate on all of them. In an era where our politics is so dominated by divisiveness, it has never mattered more to show the American people that democracy still works.”
Chairman Smith’s full statement can be viewed here.
Representative Houlahan has served on the House Armed Services Committee since coming to Congress in 2019. She is Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Information Systems and the founder of the bipartisan Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus.
Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, an engineer, a serial entrepreneur, an educator and a nonprofit leader. She represents Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Chester County and southern Berks County. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Small Business Committee. She is the recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award which “recognizes members who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward.”