Shea-Porter Secures Key Priorities in Final Bicameral Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), a four-term member of the House Armed Services Committee, today voted for the bicameral, bipartisan 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Bill, in which she secured key legislative priorities. The House passed the bill by a vote of 356-70.
“I am pleased that the House has passed a final defense bill that supports our troops with a pay raise of 2.4% and prevents a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round. Today’s bill includes my legislative initiatives to address perfluorinated chemical contamination, at long last ensures that activated Guard and Reserve service members receive the benefits they deserve, strengthens deterrence against Russia, and addresses climate change’s impact on military readiness,” said Shea-Porter.
Today’s NDAA Conference Report includes:
- The Senate companion to Shea-Porter’s provision to address perfluorinated chemical contamination around military bases such as Pease, for which she advocated throughout the Conference process.
- 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 and their families.
- 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.
- 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’s anti-espionage provision to create a program aimed at preventing recruitment of U.S. study-abroad students by foreign agents.
- A Shea-Porter cosponsored amendment creating a punitive article under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate or sexually explicit visual images.
- An amendment cosponsored by Shea-Porter requiring the Department of Defense to conduct a study on the effectiveness of opioid prescribing training provided to military health care providers in reducing opioid prescriptions, dosages, duration of treatment, and overdoses.
- 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.
- Legislation Shea-Porter cosponsored to create a center of excellence to better understand the health effects associated with burn pits and treat service members and veterans who become sick after exposure.
- 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.
- A Shea-Porter cosponsored amendment authorizing the establishment of a Hacking for Defense program to expose young scientists and engineers to careers in public service and provides a unique pathway for veterans to leverage their military experience to solve national security challenges.
- Amendments Shea-Porter cosponsored to authorize a new icebreaker vessel and to require a report on the Department of Defense’s Arctic security capability and resource gaps.