Lawmakers To Revise Defense Authorization Act This Week

(Photo Courtesy of Rep. Don Bacon)
June 30, 2020 - 12:59pm

House lawmakers, including Congressman Don Bacon, will start mark-up work on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday and Thursday.

The annual bill allocates money for the Department of Defense spending. So far, the proposed $740 billion legislation has bipartisan support.

Bacon, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said some of the main items in the NDAA are a 3% pay increase for service members and improved nuclear deterrence. Bacon said most operations at Offutt Air Force Base will remain fully funded.

"And I frankly have few areas of disagreement with where this bill is at, and so it bodes well, I think," Bacon said. "And I think most of the majority feel that way right now. Maybe a bit of fine-tuning here and there, but there’s not these egregious gaps that we had last year going into the NDAA." 

Bacon is a co-sponsor of a bill that would require the Defense Department to develop future pandemic response capabilities and to include a University of Nebraska Medical Center program that provides infectious disease management training to military personnel. 

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