Davis Statement on National Defense Authorization Act
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) today released this statement on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Trump is expected to sign at a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base later today. The NDAA overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate earlier this week.
Davis applauded the adequate funding for our military, pay raise for our troops, repeal of the 'widow's tax,' and the inclusion of his bill, the Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act, which Davis introduced following the death of Petty Officer Logan Palmer from Macon County.
"This bill not only takes care of our servicemembers through adequate funding and a pay raise, it also takes care of the families of our troops," said Davis. "I am so glad we have repealed the 'widow's tax' and codified into law the changes I led at the Pentagon so all families of our fallen servicemembers are able to travel to meet their loved one's remains if they are sent anywhere but home. Codifying this into law ensures the Pentagon's new policy cannot be changed without an act of Congress"
Additionally, Davis noted the first-ever paid family leave for federal workers, which was included in the bill.
"I have always provided paid family leave for staff in my offices and I'm glad we could come together to ensure it's available for other federal workers," said Davis. "We are behind nearly every industrialized nation when it comes to paid family leave and I think it's long overdue. Many private companies are beginning to offer this benefit as a retention tool, but we need to do more to help even more Americans have access to this benefit critical to so many families."
Davis is leading efforts to help working families secure time off and save for child care. He's introduced the Child and Dependent Care Modernization Act to help more families save for child care and Davis is also backing a bill, the New Parents Act, that allows parents after the birth or adoption of a child to use a portion of their Social Security to take time off. The bill is being pushed by Senators Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney in the Senate.