Rep. Jackson Secures Major Victories for TX-13 in National Defense Authorization Act Markup
Washington, September 2, 2021
Tags: National Security
WASHINGTON — Congressman Ronny Jackson (TX-13) championed Texas’ defense priorities during the House Armed Services Committee’s Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) markup yesterday. Jackson issued the following statement in support of the legislation, which passed out of committee by a vote of 57-2. The NDAA will be considered on the House Floor in the coming weeks.
Jackson said: “From serving in the Navy for 29 years to playing a role in military funding and policy decisions, participating in my first NDAA markup was a full circle experience. Representing our district’s defense interests in Congress is a top priority for me, so I am proud to announce that I led and advocated for many legislative victories that will keep our district at the forefront of the national defense conversation for generations to come. The full House will soon vote on the 61st consecutive NDAA, and I urge my colleagues to join me in support of this traditionally bipartisan legislation that will ensure America’s military readiness and competitiveness on the global stage.”
Key wins for TX-13 and quotes from local leaders are below.
Funds High Explosive Synthesis, Formulation, and Production Facility at Pantex:
Supports Workforce in Amarillo:
Jackson also succeeded in authorizing funds for defense programs conducted in the Texas Panhandle. This funding will prevent layoffs and ensure more projects in the short term so that TX-13 is competitive for DoD contracts in the long term.
Continues Future Vertical Lift:
Expedites Nacelle Improvement:
Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said: “Representative Jackson has continually shown strong support for Amarillo’s defense programs and their positive impact on our local economy. His work here includes full, on-schedule funding for a new facility at Pantex, ensuring employees at Pantex have stability and assurances anytime there is a transition of their M&O contract, and the modernization of rotary aircraft across the Department of Defense. These projects make certain that work is coming to Amarillo now and for years to come. I am grateful to him for ensuring that Amarillo’s contribution to the defense of our great nation is both recognized and secure.”
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jason Harrison said: “We want to thank Congressman Jackson for his continued support of Amarillo by championing for our entire business community, but specifically for some of our largest employers and partners like Pantex and Bell that are not only critical to the panhandle’s workforce, but also the security of the country as a whole. It is through his hard work that we are able to continue to grow and build a successful community for everyone.”
Servicemember Safety and Security Improvement Act:
Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base:
Sheppard Air Force Base Child Development Center:
Ultimately, Jackson’s efforts secured full funding of $20M to authorize military construction for a new child development center at Sheppard. He also authored language urging the Department to prioritize such projects and to better support working military families.
Support for Educators in Defense Communities:
Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana said: “Being the mayor of a military community requires that we work with our other elected officials to protect the interest of our military community and our local citizens. Congressman Ronny Jackson has worked with local leaders as well as leadership from Sheppard Air Force Base to make sure that the needs of both communities are met and protected. Whether it was working for increased pay for our local heroes or advocating for our new child development center, Congressman Jackson has been able to leverage his experience, relationships, and hard work into building up our military community and securing a future for Sheppard Air Force Base. I cannot thank Congressman Jackson enough for what he has accomplished on our behalf. The citizens of Wichita Falls are extremely lucky to have him as our leader and representative. We all look forward to continued success and to a prosperous future for all. TX -13 couldn’t be in better hands.”
Sheppard Military Affairs Committee President Glenn Barham said: “Congressman Jackson has been a champion for Sheppard Air Force Base since taking office in January, and the wins he was able to secure in this year’s House Armed Services Committee NDAA markup is strong evidence of that. Servicemembers at Sheppard will feel the impact of his work for generations to come. For example, Congressman Jackson has ensured that Sheppard is a premier pilot training base by including funding for the new fighter trainer and authoring language to help mitigate the impact that wind farms have on military training routes. I am also very pleased that he was able to secure the authorization for full military construction funding for Sheppard’s new child development center. I know I speak for the Committee when I say we are proud to have him representing our interests in Washington.”
Jackson also authored language to help ensure we never witness a misguided withdrawal effort ever again. Jackson’s language will help provide oversight of the DoD when withdrawing troops from a country by urging a plan be issued to Congress at the earliest possible time.