Senator Hawley Secures Missouri Priorities in FY ’20 NDAA Markup

Thursday, May 23, 2019

This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a long list of wins for Missouri. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the committee, supported the bill and issued the following statement:

“This bill is an important step toward getting our military men and women the training, the world-class equipment, and the support they deserve. I am pleased that the legislation includes crucial priorities for Missouri’s military bases, the surrounding communities, and the defense-focused businesses that call Missouri home. I want to thank Chairman Inhofe for his partnership and I hope the full Senate will act swiftly to move this bill forward.”

Direct Missouri benefits: 

  • Authorizes a pay increase for military personnel.
  • Secures more than $270 million for construction projects at Fort Leonard Wood; Whiteman Air Force Base; Next NGA West-Phase II in St. Louis; the Army National Guard in Springfield; and the Air National Guard in Rosecrans.
  • Authorizes extensive funding for the U.S. Air Force to buy 8 new F-15 fighter jets, built by Boeing in St. Louis.
  • Authorizes $1.75 billion for the U.S. Navy to buy 24 new F-18 jets, also built by Boeing in St. Louis.
  • Fully funds research and development efforts that support two other military aircraft that will be built in St. Louis.
  • Supports the President’s efforts to expand the Navy, benefiting numerous Missouri businesses that provide parts and supplies to shipyards across the nation.
  • Supports military families by extending the authority for the military to provide reimbursement to spouses who need to obtain new state licensure or certifications after moving to a new military installation.
  • Directs the military to address critical shortfalls in its handling of military family housing by among other things, establishing a “tenants bill of rights” and ensuring prospective tenants have access to information to inform their decision to live in military housing.
  • Prohibits a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, ensuring Missouri military installations remain relevant.