Houlahan Leads Pennsylvania Delegation in National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Priorities include reducing reliance on China for critical rare earth minerals, improving childhood literacy for military families, and reimbursing certain child care costs for servicemembers due to change of station
Washington, June 23, 2022 | Aubrey Stuber (2027444382)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following lengthy debate and passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) announced that over a dozen of her priorities were included in the bipartisan package, which passed 57-1. The NDAA sets defense guidelines and provides oversight of the implementation of defense policy. In an important demonstration to our adversaries and our allies around the world, the annual, bipartisan NDAA has become law for 61 years straight. The bill now heads to the whole House for further consideration before likely becoming law later this year.
“The military landscape and our nation’s emerging threats are changing by the day, which is why it is absolutely critical that Congress continues to come together in a bipartisan manner to strengthen our national security and support our troops — and I’m heartened to say we have done just that,” said Houlahan. “As a veteran and the only member of the Pennsylvania delegation on this critical committee, I’m proud to bring the priorities of our Commonwealth—home to the third largest National Guard in the country—to the forefront in Washington.”
Houlahan added: “Inspired by the many servicemembers and veterans I have met throughout my service in Congress, I proudly championed policies that put our national security first. On the global front, I’m incredibly worried about the rise in influence of China, which is why I again led efforts to reduce our reliance on foreign suppliers of critical minerals. On the home front, my efforts will help our military families by improving childhood literacy and making child care options more affordable. The annual success of the NDAA is a testament to the importance of working collaboratively and bipartisanally, and I look forward to working with Chairman Smith and all of my colleagues to continue to advance not only Pennsylvania’s priorities but also America’s priorities that strengthen our national security for generations to come.”
Several of Houlahan’s efforts were unanimously adopted into the base text of the bill including:
In addition, Houlahan successfully advanced 10 amendments before the committee, all receiving unanimous, bipartisan support. Her provisions will:
“This year’s defense bill builds on the Committee’s six-decade-long tradition of investing in the people, programs, and technologies that strengthen our common defense,” said House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA). “At a time when democracies around the world face enormous challenges and unprecedented threats, we have sent a powerful, bipartisan message to our allies and partners, global competitors, and the American people: democracy still works – and it can deliver real results. There is much to be proud of in this bill, and I am grateful to my colleagues like Rep. Chrissy Houlahan for their expertise, advocacy, and support as we have crafted this year’s NDAA.”
Houlahan applauds many additional priorities championed in the legislation including:
An effective legislator on the committee, Houlahan secured 27 of her provisions in last year’s NDAA that was ultimately signed into law.
Find additional information on the committee’s NDAA work here.
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.”