Congressman Sires Votes in Favor of NDAA Conference Report

(Washington, D.C.) – Last night, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) voted in favor of the Conference Report to H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The report passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 335-78.

“This conference report, which was passed with a strong, veto-proof, bipartisan majority in the House will authorize billions in funds that will work to strengthen our security, advance the United States’ leadership across the globe, and honor our nation’s values,” said Rep. Sires. “I am also pleased that itincluded many measures that Democrats, along with my colleagues and I in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, have been fighting for. I am proud to vote in favor of this legislation, which takes many steps and provides numerous amounts of funding to improve the lives of our courageous servicemembers.”

Among the many provisions in this conference report are:

• Requiring the Department of Defense to remove all names and symbols honoring the Confederacy or those who served voluntarily with the Confederacy from their assets.
• Ensuring all federal employees are granted access to paid parental leave, including civilians working in the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
• Providing a 3% increase in pay for our servicemembers.
• Establishing a chief diversity officer at the Department of Defense to promote and ensure diversity inclusion in all branches of our military. 
• Creating a task force to study and make recommendations on incidents of sexual assault in the military and requiring a change of policy at the Department of Defense to ensure all servicemembers are comfortable reporting instances of sexual misconduct. 
• Authorizing child care for members of the military and Department of Defense. 
• Millions of dollars in funding to help the military continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
• Extending paid parental leave to all federal employees. 
• Requiring the Department of Defense to submit a report on their greenhouse gas emissions and create an alternative fuel vehicle pilot program that will spearhead the military’s transition to sustainable vehicles. 
• Expressing the sense of Congress strongly reaffirming our commitment to our NATO allies and our dedication to work with them on all issues, including COVID-19.