WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan released the following statement after the U.S. Senate today approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The bipartisan bill now heads to the President’s desk for a signature.
“This bipartisan national defense bill includes crucial measures to keep our country safe, secure, and free, as well as a number of New Hampshire-specific priorities, including critical investments for New Hampshire’s Air National Guard and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard,” Senator Hassan said.
Senator Hassan continued, “This bipartisan bill also includes a pay raise for our troops, as well as a repeal of the backward Widow’s Tax, which reduces benefits for the spouses of fallen service members. I am also pleased that this bill includes legislation I’ve cosponsored to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave to more than 2 million federal workers. While the Administration and Congress urgently need to take additional action to combat PFAS contamination, I am pleased that this bipartisan bill does take a step forward in protecting fire fighters in particular from exposure to dangerous PFAS chemicals. I urge the President to sign this bipartisan legislation into law without delay.”
New Hampshire Priorities in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act: