November 20, 2020

Moulton Selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Defense Bill Conference Committee

WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi selected Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) for a key committee that negotiates the final passage of the FY 21 National Defense Authorization Act.

Moulton said, “Massachusetts has a proud, patriotic history and has always played an outsized role in the nation’s defense. More than 200,000 people in New England work on defense projects funded by Congress, in particular in developing the next-generation technologies to keep our troops safe overseas and our families safe at home.”

The National Defense Authorization Act sets defense spending and policy for the 2021 fiscal year. The House version of the bill, which Moulton helped write as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, includes several of his top national security, foreign policy and mental health legislative priorities as well as projects that employ thousands of people throughout his congressional district. The Senate has also passed its own version of the bill. The Conference Committee for which Moulton has been selected brokers an agreement between the House and Senate on a final draft of the bill.

In a statement announcing the conferees, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said“Democrats have always stood for a strong, smart and strategic national defense. In July, House Democrats proudly passed a responsible NDAA that honors our values, strengthens our security and advances America’s leadership in the world.  Now, our experienced Democratic Conferees will work tirelessly to ensure that the FY 2021 NDAA maintains key priorities for our servicemembers, including a critical pay raise for our military, funding to clean up so-called PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ that contaminate drinking water on bases, improvements to sexual assault prevention and response in the armed forces, a billion-dollar Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund, expanded paid parental leave for civilian employees, and investments in combating the climate crisis.”

This is Moulton’s second time serving as a conferee. Speaker Pelosi appointed Moulton to the committee for the first time last year.

Moulton is a co-chair of the bipartisan Future of Defense Task Force, which recently issued a report on the hard choices and smart investments the Pentagon must make to ensure America will compete with our adversaries and maintain its military superiority for the next fifty years. More about the report is available here.

Since arriving in Congress, Moulton has helped secure more than $1 billion in defense-related federal investments in the city of Lynn alone. Last year, he advocated for passage of the defense bill by highlighting the region’s defense economy in a districtwide tour of businesses that do work authorized by the NDAA.

According to a 2015 study from the Donahue Institute for Economy and Public Policy Research at UMass, the defense industry creates more than 200,000 jobs at more than 4,000 employers throughout New England.