Mississippi Congressman Steven Palazzo has voted in favor of the House of Representatives Amendment to S. 1605, the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This amendment included his legislation, the National Guard and Reserve Incentive Pay Parity Act, which he introduced with Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13).
Palazzo said, “I am proud to support this hard-fought win. This amendment puts an end to President Biden’s harmful cuts to our shipbuilding industry, missile defense systems, and military personnel. It also bolsters our cyber capabilities to prevent an attack on our private information and puts our Navy back on track to build a 355 Navy at a time when our enemies have larger fleets than ever. I helped my fellow Republicans remove provisions like “Red Flag” laws that would have opened the door to federal gun-grabbing and a mandatory requirement for our daughters to register for the draft.”
“As a Marine and National Guardsman, one of my utmost priorities in Congress is advocating for a strong national defense. In order to strengthen our readiness and prevention strategies, it is vital to retain our talented service members,” said Palazzo. “My bill, the Incentive Pay and Parity Act, will give our Guard and Reserve members the same specialized pay as their active-duty counterparts for completing the same job and mission. This is an excellent opportunity for our active-duty service members to continue serving our country in reserve units without losing particular pay and benefits.”
Palazzo stated, “2021 has been a tough year for us all. The last thing Americans need is to feel fearful for our national security. With this amendment, we can all go into the new year confident that our nation is equipped with a strong national defense budget.”
The House Resolution to S. 1605 passed the House of Representatives 363-70.