Rep. Johnson Votes to Meet the Needs of Servicemembers and Military Families, Strengthen National Security
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that makes key investments to improve the lives of Servicemembers and military families, while also strengthening our national security.
“As Members of Congress, we have no greater responsibility than to ensure the security of our nation – and that starts with supporting our men and women in uniform,” said Rep. Johnson. “With this year’s defense funding bill, Democrats secured crucial benefits and protections for our Servicemembers that will make our nation safer and stronger, while also making strong investments in our national defense and in our security interests. I was proud to vote for this bill, which honors the service and sacrifice of our troops and their families.”
This legislation includes a number of important priorities that Democrats fought for and secured, including:
• Vital benefits for Servicemembers and their families, including a 2.7 percent pay increase, expanded parental leave, improved mental health care services and a new basic needs allowance for lower-income Servicemembers.
• Combating sexual assault in the military by creating an Office of Special Victim Prosecutor to prosecute these crimes, removing the commanding officer from these decisions and finally criminalizing sexual harassment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
• Significant investments in emerging technologies to modernize institutions of national security, including a 36 percent increase in defense-wide research and development, as well as new funding to improve DOD research labs.
• Action on the climate crisis by removing barriers to improving the extreme weather resilience of critical defense infrastructure and requiring the DOD to consider climate risks in its strategic planning.
• Addressing strategic and security challenges, ranging from competition with China, to the risks posed by violent extremism and white nationalism, to strengthening our cybersecurity infrastructure, to strengthening the provisions providing for the needs of our Afghan partners with Special Immigrant Visas.
• Recruiting a stronger, fairer, more diverse Armed Services by promoting academic partnerships with minority-serving colleges and universities, rooting out extremism among Servicemembers and establishing a $15 minimum wage for covered DOD service and construction contracts.
Rep. Johnson continued: “From a much-deserved pay raise to a long-overdue transformation of how we combat the scourge of sexual assault in the military to investments in cutting-edge and life-saving technologies, Democrats have delivered a funding bill that meets the needs of our Servicemembers and strengthens our national security. As we continue to confront the complex challenges our nation faces, I will keep fighting to honor our sacred commitment to our troops and ensure the safety of Georgia families.”