This morning, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted to pass the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of the House Armed Services Committee and to the full floor of the House of Representatives. The legislation passed with bipartisan support and includes a provision barring another BRAC round.
"The hard work done by the men and women of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is vital to our national defense and our local economy," Shea-Porter said. "I'm proud the House Armed Services Committee recognized this fact and voted to protect bases like Portsmouth Naval Shipyard."
The Act's provision explicitly prohibiting additional rounds of Base Realignment and Closure states, "nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, and none of the funds appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations contained in this Act may be used to propose, plan for, or execute an additional BRAC round."
The House FY 2014 NDAA bill also included several amendments introduced by Shea-Porter, including one to expand the list of banned waste in open-air burn pits to include munitions, aerosol cans, batteries, tires, asbestos, mercury, and other toxic materials. This provision will protect our troops from exposure to toxic emissions that are hazardous to their health.
"One of Congress' most serious responsibilities is to ensure the safety of our nation and strength of our Armed Services. While this bill is not perfect, I'm proud that it contains initiatives to help protect our troops, end the national tragedy of sexual assault in our military, and provide for a world-class national defense," Shea-Porter added.
The NDAA will be considered by the full House next week.