Pelosi Statement on NDAA

December 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the bipartisan conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020:

“This NDAA is an important step forward for the national security and economic security of the American people.  We salute the patriotism and persistence of Chairman Smith and all our Members who have worked tirelessly on this legislation to ensure that our military has the resources that it needs and that our nation maintains its qualitative military superiority.

“This NDAA achieves two major victories for America’s working families: ending the unfair and unjust ‘widow’s tax’ and securing 12 full weeks of paid parental leave for workers across the federal government.

“Unfortunately, while this agreement contains initial steps to improve the health of families, Senate Republicans refused to join us to secure full, robust protections against dangerous PFAS ‘forever chemicals.’  The House unanimously adopted an amendment to regulate PFAS as a hazardous substance, which would have made life-saving progress to clean up and limit the dumping of these toxins into our communities.  Sadly, this language has not been included in this agreement because of Senate GOP obstruction.  These chemicals are endangering communities across the country, and House Democrats will continue to make this issue a priority in the New Year, until all Americans are protected.

“Democrats will always stand unified in support of a strong national defense For The People that honors our values, protects our security and advances our leadership in the world.”