Scott Applauds Passage of FY21 NDAA

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement upon the Senate passage of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act:

“South Carolina serves as a training ground for our servicemembers, but most importantly it serves as a home for the brave men and women who serve this nation,” said Senator Tim Scott. “I am proud that we were able to increase funding for America’s military institutions – with some of the most important ones located in South Carolina – for the Department of Defense’s HBCU Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation program, and for pay raises for our military families. South Carolinians are all too familiar with the sacrifices of our military members, and I am glad that Congress is responding to those sacrifices by providing much-needed resources. I look forward to continuing to strengthen our Armed Services to ensure that America remains the greatest and most powerful nation on earth.”

The FY21 NDAA authorizes $740.5 billion to support our servicemembers. The funding includes a three percent pay raise for all members of the armed forces for the second year in a row, includes oversight measures to ensure previous reforms to military housing are implemented as intended, continues investments in 5G technology, and prioritizes support for family readiness, spouse employment, and child care.

Below is a list of provisions championed by Sen. Scott:

  • An increase of $27 million over the President’s budget for the Department of Defense’s HBCU Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation program for a total of $57 million
  • $9.1 billion to procure 95 joint strike fighter aircraft, a number of which will be based in South Carolina

South Carolina specific provisions are listed below:

  • $15 million for Joint Base Charleston 
  • $7 million for Fort Jackson 
  • $1.53 billion for the Savannah River Site (SRS) 
  • $25 million for Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative Facility (AMC)