Shea-Porter Bills, Amendments Passed in House NDAA
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), a four-term member of the House Armed Services Committee, has included a number of bills, amendments, and priorities in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 344-81. The NDAA is the annual policy and funding blueprint for United States national security programs.
“I worked with my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee, which is known as the most bipartisan committee in the House, to produce a bill that supports our troops and raises their pay 2.4%, protects our national security against today’s threats, addresses Pease groundwater contamination, protects the Shipyard from BRAC, and at long last ensures that activated Guard and Reserve service members receive the post-deployment benefits they deserve,” said Shea-Porter.
The NDAA passed by the House today includes:
- Shea-Porter’s provisions to address perfluorinated chemical contamination around military bases such as Pease.
- Language to prevent the Navy from diverting funding from or delaying public shipyards’ modernization and workforce expansion efforts, which are necessary to meet future Navy requirements.
- A long-sought and groundbreaking provision by Shea-Porter and Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) to ensure fairness among deployed troops by extending active-duty TRICARE benefits to mobilized National Guard and Reserve Component servicemembers.
- An amendment Shea-Porter cosponsored to study the impact of climate change on U.S. military readiness, including on shipyards like the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
- Shea-Porter language directing the Department of Defense to establish a social media use policy for recruits in light of recent high-profile cases involving the nonconsensual sharing of intimate images.
- Shea-Porter’s language to encourage sexual assault bystander prevention programming, which was developed by the University of New Hampshire’s Prevention Innovations Research Center, at the Military Service Academies.
- A Shea-Porter cosponsored amendment directing the Department of Defense to ensure timely monitoring of space weather and provide alerts and warnings about phenomena that may impact its weapons systems or operations. The University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space is a leader in this field.
- Three amendments cosponsored by Shea-Porter to address the opioid crisis, which disproportionately affects the military and veteran community, including:
- Amendments directing the Department of Defense to study internal opioid prescribing practices, and to provide counseling and referrals to transitioning service members on substance use disorder treatment; and
- An amendment requiring Department of Defense health providers to participate in 12 hours of training for pain management practices every three years.
- The text of Shea-Porter’s bipartisan bill to create a comprehensive anticorruption plan to prevent foreign nations that host American military operations from swindling American taxpayers.
- The text of a bill Shea-Porter co-introduced to strengthen deterrence against Russia and to develop a comprehensive strategy against Vladimir Putin’s effort to corrode and undermine democracies worldwide.
- Shea-Porter’s provision directing the Government Accountability Office to report on the harm of outsourcing manufacturing jobs to countries like China.
- Shea-Porter’s anti-espionage provision that would create a program aimed at preventing recruitment of U.S. study-abroad students by foreign agents.
- Shea-Porter’s provision to ensure that DoD notifies small businesses that free contracting assistance is available to them through the Procurement Technical Assistance Program.
- An amendment Shea-Porter cosponsored to establish a Congressional Charter to allow Spirit of America, a nonprofit organization, to provide donated assistance in its work supporting US missions and service members abroad.
- Shea-Porter language directing the Department of Defense to develop guidance and standard operating procedures for overseas work with non-federal 501(c)3 nonprofit entities overseas.
- Shea-Porter language requiring a report on the Department of Defense’s progress in finding viable waste disposal alternatives to open-air burn pits.