Representative Pappas Tapped to Help Negotiate FY20 National Defense Authorization Act

September 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Representative Chris Pappas was appointed by his colleagues to serve as a Conferee to help negotiate the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The Conference Committee, made up of a select group of House and Senate members, will merge the House and Senate versions of the bill into a final version. After the committee completes its work, the final NDAA will be voted on in both chambers of Congress before going to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“I am honored to help negotiate the final bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which will ensure our brave men and women in uniform receive the resources they need to keep Americans safe at home and abroad,” said Congressman Pappas. “This appointment provides me the opportunity to ensure Granite Staters have a seat at the table as I continue to champion local priorities through ongoing negotiations. 

The House NDAA includes several provisions I introduced and co-sponsored which would allow the EPA to regulate PFAS, create a PFAS information clearinghouse, and ban the use of PFAS by the Department of Defense by 2025. I also worked to secure language that will support our Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers by correcting a longstanding human resources oversights within the Navy. I look forward to fighting for these critical provisions as we work towards a strong bipartisan agreement.”

The House’s National Defense Authorization Act includes several provisions Congressman Pappas introduced and cosponsored to protect the health of our servicemembers and the communities that support them by holding polluters of toxic PFAS chemicals accountable ,creating a clearinghouse of information, and banning the DOD’s use of PFAS by 2025.

Additionally, the authorization includes language that Congressman Pappas championed to correct a long-standing inequity for our federal workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and other shipyards, who were left without the promotion and pay there were promised due to the suspension of a longstanding program.