WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The FY2021 NDAA includes:
- $740.5 billion in defense spending;
- A 3% pay raise for our troops;
- Senator Scott’s Secure U.S. Bases Act to reform and improve foreign military student training programs following the terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola on December 6th, 2019; and
- Senator Scott’s amendment to help keep oil drilling off Florida’s coasts by recognizing the importance of the Gulf Test Range, which is currently used for vital military testing and training and is critical to our national security.
Senator Rick Scott said, “This year’s National Defense Authorization Act is a great win for our national security. As threats around the world continue to grow – including the threat from Communist China – it’s imperative we are providing our brave men and women in uniform the resources they need to protect our nation and our allies. I’m proud my Secure U.S. Bases Act was included in the NDAA, which will make sure foreign military students training at U.S. bases are thoroughly vetted and monitored and that our troops are protected. This is a huge step to ensuring the safety of our military members and their families so we never have to experience a tragedy like NAS Pensacola again.”