Congressman Don Young Fights for Troops, Helps House Pass FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act with Critical Alaska Provisions
Washington, December 8, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, with the support of Alaska Congressman Don Young, the House of Representatives passed the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 – legislation to set the annual budget for the Department of Defense. This year’s NDAA also includes the annual Coast Guard Authorization and Maritime Administration reauthorizations. In addition to supplying needed funding for military expenditures, providing a 3% military pay raise, and bolstering natural disaster preparedness, this legislation also includes several provisions of importance to the State of Alaska and Alaska Native communities. Following House passage of the NDAA, Congressman Young issued the following statement:
"I am very proud of this year’s NDAA, and am grateful to everyone involved who fought for our Armed Forces by securing its passage. These are unprecedented times, which makes this year's bill an especially important one. The FY 2021 NDAA takes critical steps to strengthen our national defense, maritime security, provide a well-deserved pay raise for the brave men and women serving in our Armed Forces, and to equip our military with the resources necessary to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. In Congress, relationships are crucial; this year, I worked with my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee to include my amendments, which strengthen communications in the Arctic and take action to turn the tide in the fight against military suicides. My good friend, Senator Ted Stevens, was a steadfast advocate for our great state. I am especially pleased that this year's NDAA makes essential progress to ensure that the Ted Stevens Center for Security Studies becomes a reality. Senators Murkowski and Sullivan have been important partners in establishing the Stevens Center, and I will keep working to ensure that its work goes on to make Ted proud.
If we are to have a first-rate military, we must ensure that we stand by our troops at every turn. This year's NDAA not only gives our troops a three percent pay raise, but it also secures funding for all branches of our military, including our Space Force. Finally, I am proud that the NDAA re-authorizes the United States Coast Guard and Maritime Administration, whose service Alaskans rely on to keep our seas safe and navigable. I am proud to see such broad bipartisan support for our nation's military, which is especially important in these uncertain times. Our servicemembers frequently find themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic; they must be supported. My commitment continues to be the men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe. In Congress, I will always champion their causes and make sure they know that Congress has their backs.”
Congressman Young’s Initiatives Included in the Final House Bill: