Kuster Votes To Strengthen National Defense, Support Our Service Members, Bolster Innovation and Technology
Washington, July 14, 2022
**Kuster’s amendment to improve the DoD’s review process and adjudication of sexual assault cases was included in final passage of the FY23 NDAA**
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), which will strengthen U.S. national security by supporting our service members, investing in the development of new technologies, and deepening our alliances and partnerships to compete with China economically and present a united front against Russia. Kuster’s amendment to ensure the Department of Defense defines consent and conducts fair and thorough investigations of sexual assault cases was included in the final version of the bill.
“The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to work together to support our men and women in uniform and make investments to strengthen our common defense against the greatest threats facing the United States,” said Rep. Kuster. “The legislation passed by the House today takes bold steps to support the service members and their families who form the foundation for our national defense, establish American energy independence, increase innovative research funding across fields, and reinforce our international alliances during a critical moment for democracies worldwide — especially as Putin continues his brutal war in Ukraine.”
“I was proud to vote for this legislation to keep Americans safe and ensure our continued strength on the world stage,” Rep. Kuster continued. “As founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, I was especially proud that the final bill included my amendment to direct the Department of Defense to define consent and conduct fair, thorough investigations in cases of sexual assault.”
Specifically, the FY23 NDAA includes critical national security priorities, including:
A summary of the provisions in the FY23 NDAA is available here.