WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which now heads to the president’s desk:

“Congress has united in a bipartisan manner to provide for our national security and give our service members a well-deserved pay raise. This bill will continue rebuilding and modernizing our military through strategic investments while also supporting both service members and their families.”

Provisions in the FY21 NDAA 

-          Provides a total of $740.5 billion in funding to fulfill the requirements of the National Defense Strategy.

-          Supports our troops with the requested 3 percent pay raise — the second straight year of a pay raise above 3 percent.

-          Continues the effort to rebuild our military capacity by investing in the next generation of ships, planes, tanks, and weapons.

-          Improves the lives and livelihoods of military families by helping military spouses find and keep good jobs, guaranteeing access to quality, flexible child care and education, and ensuring families are living in healthy, safe housing.

-          Supports Senator Fischer’s top priority of modernizing and sustaining our nuclear triad to serve as a strong deterrent to potential adversaries.

-          Protects our troops and supports military readiness by ensuring our troops have adequate diagnostic equipment, testing capabilities, and PPE, and supporting the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

-          Includes a version of Senator Fischer’s language to make reaching at least 386 operation squadrons the policy of the U.S. Air Force.

-          Includes Fischer provision to implement a pilot program on civilian and military partnerships that will enhance medical surge capacity and improve federal response to pandemics and other threats. This initiative will also give institutions with established expertise in these areas, such as the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the opportunity to participate.

-          Provides significant investment for the 55th Wing, authorizing numerous modernization initiatives for the RC-135 and other fixed-wing ISR platforms headquartered at Offutt totaling nearly $200 million. 

-          Authorizes $9.3 to construct a new National Guard vehicle maintenance facility in North Platte and authorizes millions in investment to support National Guard modernization priorities.