House Passes the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, with Three Johnson Amendments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, with three amendments by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. H.R. 2500 authorizes the funding for a national defense strategy that promotes American values. The bill approves $733 billion for the Department of Defense and the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, as well as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).
Key Democratic priorities addressed in the National Defense Authorization Act shall:
- Support troops by increasing military pay, providing additional protections for families in military housing, removing PFAS chemicals from drinking water on bases, and providing cost-free access to all forms of contraception.
- Protect national security by developing a strategy for responding to Russian aggression, requiring collaboration in Asia to contain the North Korean threat, and requiring the Department of Defense to plan for the effects of climate change.
- Ensure accountability by providing for strong Congressional oversight over the use of military force, updating civilian casualty reporting, supporting competition in space launch programs, and empowering officers to stop price gouging by defense contractors.
The three amendments by Congresswoman Johnson included in H.R. 2500 will:
- Ensure the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors in all military family housing units.
- Require an annual update of the climate vulnerability and risk assessment tool by the Secretary of Defense in order to determine the impact of climate change on military and defense infrastructure and operational plans.
- Ensure that cultural competence and diversity are integrated in the recruitment and retention efforts of mental health providers for members of the Armed Forces.
"As representatives of our country, we have a sacred responsibility and commitment to our service members and their families,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “My amendments will reinforce protections for families in military housing, strengthen the Armed Services’ resilience to climate change, and ensure cultural competence and diversity in mental health services.”