WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2023.
“This year’s NDAA takes significant steps to keep our nation competitive, secure, and strong by investing in our servicemembers, promoting clean energy and energy efficiency, supporting advancements in innovation and technology, strengthening critical alliances, and promoting American leadership abroad. Specifically, the NDAA includes a well-deserved pay raise for servicemembers and civilians, expands access to mental health services so our nation’s servicemembers and their families can get the care they need, and strengthens protections for servicemembers against sexual harassment,” said Dingell. “The bill will support continued efforts to address the PFAS contamination crisis at military installations across the country and abroad, including limiting its use to protect servicemembers and speeding up the clean-up of contaminated sites. It also includes significant investments in the Great Lakes to support conservation and research that will benefit our region and our entire country. I’m particularly thankful my amendments to protect the health of servicemembers and address the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon were included.”
The FY2023 NDAA includes the following amendments led by Rep. Dingell:
Requiring a report within 90 days of enactment that contains an evaluation of the humanitarian situation in Lebanon, as well as the impact of the deficit of wheat imports to the country due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Requiring the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs relating to post-market surveillance of implantable medical devices.
It also includes the following important provisions to combat PFAS, which Dingell has long supported:
Phasing out military purchases of personal protective firefighting equipment containing PFAS
Instructing the DOD to award prizes for the development of PFAS-free protective gear
Requiring the DOD to publish regular updates about PFAS-related research
Providing $20 million for an ongoing study on the impact of PFAS on defense communities’ health, conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Requiring the DOD to identify critical uses of PFAS and report on efforts to buy items without PFOA and PFOS, the two most notorious PFAS
Providing $1.2 billion for cleaning up contaminated military sites and $11 million for PFAS-related research.