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Kinzinger Secures Major Provisions in Final Defense Bill

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Washington, December 11, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) voted in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the annual budget for the Department of Defense.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) voted in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the annual budget for the Department of Defense. The final package that overwhelming passed the House included several Kinzinger-led initiatives. Following the vote, Congressman Kinzinger released this statement:

“Every year, we come together and vote on this critical budget legislation to fund the various departments and agencies who work tirelessly to keep our country safe, which most notably includes our Armed Forces. I cannot stress enough how important this authorization is and how proud I have been to see it pass each year with such strong bipartisan support. While we have plenty to disagree on in this institution, the funding of our national security is not one we should fail to complete.

“This institution was founded on differing views and was designed to be a place of compromise, where we work across the aisle and across the chambers to get things done for the American people we serve. That is what we should be doing, and so today I’m immensely proud to see the FY 2020 NDAA pass the House with strong bipartisan support.

“I was pleased to see several of my initiatives secured in this bill, like Title LXXV and Section 5725, which include my bill, the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act, and a provision to prevent foreign governments from tracking U.S. officials on GPS and intercepting communications. I was also proud to see Title XXIV, the ‘Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act,’ which imposes sanctions on anyone assisting the Syrian government. This is a big step towards holding the barbaric Assad regime and his backers accountable for their countless war crimes. Under this title of the NDAA, my efforts to extend the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program were included under Section 1219 and will allocate 4,000 additional visas for our allies who served alongside us, sacrificing for our safety.

 “This final package also includes several wins on securing special aircrafts in our fleet, providing our troops with a 3.1% pay-raise, establishing a Space Force as the sixth branch of the military, and allocates an additional $5.3 billion in emergency funding for military installations damaged by natural disasters. Another big win in the FY 2020 NDAA is the provision for 12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and the full federal government. I’m grateful to see such common-sense and long-overdue measures included in the FY 2020 NDAA and applaud my colleagues who joined me in securing its passage.”

The full text of the FY 2020 NDAA package, as approved by the House and sent over to the Senate, can be found here.


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