Rep. Carson Applauds Passage of NDAA, Which Includes His Amendment to Fight Pancreatic Cancer
Washington, D.C. – Congressman André Carson (IN-07), applauded the House’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022 The NDAA is a sweeping bill that each year authorizes our nation’s annual spending to fund America’s armed forces. This year’s bill contains historic changes to promote resilience, innovation, and competition, and contains quality of life improvements for service members and their families.
Among the many provisions in this legislation is a bipartisan amendment introduced by Rep. Carson, as well as his colleagues Reps. Eshoo and McKinley, aimed at fighting pancreatic cancer. The amendment increases pancreatic cancer research funding at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) to $20 million; that includes at least $5 million in funding for an early detection initiative (EDI). This figure represents a $5 million-dollar increase compared to the provision in last year’s NDAA, which Rep. Carson also authored.
“I am incredibly pleased that the House has passed this year’s NDAA, which is vital for the continued strength of our military and the well-being of our service members and military families. I am also honored that this year’s legislation builds on my ongoing efforts to fight pancreatic cancer. This cancer is particularly deadly. We have lost so many Americans to this disease, including Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and many others. We can help save lives through early detection and by increasing research, which is exactly what my amendment does. Now that the House has done its work and passed the NDAA, I urge the Senate to quickly pass it as well, so it can go be signed into law by the president.”
The bill also includes many other key provisions, including:
- Authorizing support for a 2.7 percent pay increase for service members
- A historic 36 percent increase in defense-wide basic and applied research and development
- Requiring a plan for the creation of a Minority Institute for Defense Research;
- Establishing an Office of Countering Extremism;
- Significant funding to promote academic partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities;
- Establishing a $15 minimum wage for covered DOD service and construction contracts; Containing multiple provisions to address strategic challenges posed by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC);
- Giving the mayor of Washington, D.C. control of the D.C. National Guard for the first time in history;
- Containing $500 million in DOD relocation support for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders who helped American troops; and
- Does not include the arbitrary prohibitions on transfer of detainees out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that hinder progress toward its closure.