Washington, D.C.--Idaho’s two U.S. Senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, voted in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. This is the 60th consecutive year Congress has fulfilled its constitutional duty to “provide for the common defense.”
“For the 60th consecutive year, Congress has passed the NDAA to provide the heroes of our Armed Forces the tools necessary to defend our country from authoritarian regimes across the globe,” said Crapo. “The bipartisan NDAA contains a number of provisions to strengthen our military readiness, and a pay raise for the women and men in uniform who put their lives on the line to protect and preserve our republic. I am grateful for their service and the work they do to keep us safe.”
“As the United States’ foreign adversaries engage in increasingly aggressive posturing, military readiness is key. The FY 2021 NDAA strengthens our national security, provides U.S. troops with a well-deserved pay raise, and secures significant wins for Idaho,” said Risch. “I am proud to join my colleagues in passing this legislation to protect our servicemen and women just as they protect us.”
The FY 2021 NDAA provides U.S. troops with a three percent pay raise, and prioritizes military family readiness by including spouse employment opportunities and child care. It also prioritizes suicide prevention by making suicide prevention programs for reserve components permanent and requiring additional reporting to evaluate military suicides and prevention efforts. The NDAA also focuses on countering mounting threats from hostile adversaries like China and Russia by establishing the Pacific Deterrence Initiative in the Indo-Pacific, sending a signal to the Chinese Communist Party that the U.S. remains committed to protecting its interests and allies in the region.
Senators Crapo and Risch secured a number of provisions important to the state of Idaho in final passage of the NDAA, including:
As Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Crapo secured the inclusion of legislation to modernize our nation’s outdated anti-money laundering regime:
The NDAA now heads to the White House.