Aug 2 2021

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) has secured provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) supporting the military in North Carolina.

Tillis, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced July 27 that the bill includes authorization for expanded leave and a 2.7 percent pay raise for military personnel and Defense Department civilians. 

“I was proud to lead multiple successful bipartisan efforts, including providing a pay raise for our servicemembers and expanded options to improve the lives of military families,” Tillis said in a recent news release

Under the proposal, military personnel would be permitted up to two weeks of leave following the death of a spouse or child while service member's parental leave would increase to 12 weeks “for all primary and secondary caregivers on the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child,” says the release. 

U.S. Marines in North Carolina would also be authorized to receive at least $130 million in military construction funds for FY22, if the bill is approved. 

Secured funds include more than $42 million to replace an operations center for II Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and more than $90 million to modernize an F-35 flight line and to construct an aircraft maintenance hangar at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. 

Fort Bragg would get $27 million for an emergency water system and a new microgrid. 

Additional NDAA priorities for Tillis include healthcare, military justice and sexual assault prevention and response.

Specifically, the bill would create a Special Victims Prosecutors Office for each service that would be tasked with handling sexual assault. The amendment would also criminalize sexual harassment within the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 

Discussions on the act will continue as the Senate's draft still needs to be passed by the Senate and House, according to a report from FedScoop.

 

The legislation has passed committee and authorizes $778 billion in national defense funding for the next fiscal year. An appropriations bill providing the funds would follow.