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Rep. Burchett: NDAA keeps America safe, prioritizes veterans and their families

December 11, 2019

Legislation co-authored by Rep. Burchett, the Patriotic Employer Protection Act, included in final NDAA text

WASHINGTON – This evening, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA). Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) voted in favor of the bill.

Included in the defense budget is funding to defend America's borders and citizens, a pay increase for military personnel, and full benefits owed to recently widowed military spouses. Rep. Burchett believes this builds America's military strength and keeps Americans safe, as well as provides improved benefits to those serving in our armed forces.

"Our men and women in uniform must be prepared to respond to any situation when defending our nation, and the NDAA makes sure they continue to have access to the best equipment and technology when doing so," said Rep. Burchett. "I'm also proud that this legislation gives our troops and their families the benefits they deserve, including the largest pay increase in a decade."

Additionally, legislation co-authored by Rep. Burchett was attached to the final text of the NDAA. The Patriotic Employer Protection Act ensures small business owners are encouraged to hire military reservists by loosening eligibility requirements for two financial assistance programs offered by the Small Business Administration. The two programs are designed to help small businesses in the absence of an employee called to military reserve service.

"It takes courage to put your livelihood and career on hold to serve your country," said Rep. Burchett. "Small businesses shouldn't struggle as a result of an employee answering the call of duty, nor should they be discouraged from hiring a military reservist."

You can read more about the Patriotic Employer Protection Acthere.

The NDAA is an annual piece of legislation that funds and sets policies for the Department of Defense. This year's defense budget legislation was negotiated in bipartisan fashion between the House and Senate and received widespread support when voted on by the House.

The NDAA now heads to the Senate for a vote.