Larsen shapes and supports House Defense Bill

Submitted by the office of Rep. Rick Larsen.

On September 23, Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported the passage by the House of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA). Larsen, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, helped craft the final bill, securing provisions to support service members and military families in Northwest Washington, protect marine mammals, advance new and emerging technologies, ensuring global security and investing in the future of work. The NDAA passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 316 to 113.

Earlier this month, Larsen spearheaded the NDAA’s HASC passage, which included the necessary investments in Northwest Washington military personnel, military families and local communities, as well as initiatives to foster the American leadership in new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).

Protect marine mammals, southern resident killer whales

The Navy and Coast Guard recently assembled a task force to improve the protection of marine mammals, including Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Larsen was successful in including his amendment to expand protections for marine mammals to include vessel speed mitigation measures, monitoring of underwater soundscapes, and grants to support research and development in marine mammal technologies. monitoring of marine mammals.

The amendment is supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Conservation Law Foundation, Ocean Conservation Research, International Fund for Animal Welfare, International Marine Mammal Project, Earth Island Institute, Oceanic Preservation Society, Seattle Aquarium, Benioff Ocean Initiative, Center for Biological Diversity, Sanctuary Education Advisory Specialists, Friends of the Earth, Animal Welfare Institute, Inland Ocean Coalition, Cetacean Society International, NY4WHALES, Earthjustice, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket, Environmental Investigation Agency, Shedd Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, National Aquarium, Environmental Defense Center, Humane Society Legislative Fund, and The Humane Society of the United States.

Advance new and emerging technologies

Larsen supported Representative Chrissy Houlahan’s amendment to implement several key recommendations of the National Safety Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) to “advance the development of [AI], machine learning and related technologies to comprehensively meet the national security and defense needs of the United States.[1]

Ensuring global security

Larsen, member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and leading spokesperson to NATO allies and international partners, supported Rep. Gerry Connolly’s bipartisan amendment affirming the United States’ commitment to promote global health security and combat the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Larsen also supported several amendments by Representative Linda Sánchez to tackle disinformation and disinformation, including funding for the NATO Center of Strategic Excellence, as well as a briefing and report on how the DoD is working with the Center for Improving NATO’s Ability to Counter Disinformation.

The NDAA is providing critical congressional oversight on the current situation in Afghanistan and authorizing $ 500 million to support the resettlement of Afghans who have supported the US military and their families.

Investing in the future of work

Larsen successfully included his amendment to allow the DoD to continue to hire highly qualified candidates for national defense industrial base facilities and major shooting and testing facilities, especially at remote and isolated facilities.

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