After Securing Numerous Amendments, Rep. Jim Langevin Votes to Advance Annual Defense Bill

Sep 3, 2021 Issues: Armed Services

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems, (CITI), voted yesterday to advance H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 out of the Armed Services Committee. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 57-2.

“Since I was elected to Congress, House Armed Services Democrats and Republicans have managed to come together to support the brave women and men who defend our nation against all manners of threats. This year was no different,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. “The FY22 NDAA is designed to invest in and reinforce our military’s technological advantage, so that our warfighters never have to enter a fair fight. I thank Chairman Smith for his leadership, and I look forward to this bill passing on the House floor later this year.”

The FY22 NDAA will:

  • Increase pay for our women and men in uniform by 2.7%
  • Increase the productivity and stability of the shipbuilding and submarine industries and keep the Virginia and Columbia-class submarine programs on schedule
  • Reform the Uniform Code of Military Justice to remove sexual assault and other crimes from the chain of command
  • Authorize the Department of Defense to establish an Office of Countering Extremism

“For more than sixty years this committee’s focus has been to provide the Department of Defense and the men and women who serve our country with the tools to meet the ever-changing national security threats we face,” said Chairman Adam Smith. “For the sixty-first consecutive year, the Armed Services Committee has fulfilled its critical responsibility and completed, on a bipartisan basis, a defense bill that will bolster our national security and provide for the common defense.”

As the first-ever chair of the Armed Services cyber subcommittee, Rep. Langevin championed numerous amendments related to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and electromagnetic spectrum operations. Langevin also successfully included amendments instructing our military to prepare for the threats of climate change, investing in submarine workforce development, and securing additional funding for basic research.