Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, which includes reforms Senator Cortez Masto introduced to improve the management of privatized military housing installations, prioritize the needs of Nevada’s service members stationed at Fallon Naval Air Station and Nellis and Creech Air Force bases, and cut wasteful Department of Defense spending.
“I’m proud to fight for Nevada service members and secure significant reform of privatized military housing in the NDAA. It’s long past time we addressed the unacceptable housing conditions on bases across the country, and these reforms will bring much-needed transparency and accountability, while putting us on the path to guaranteeing every military family has a safe place to call home. I’m also proud to have fought to ensure that the Department of Defense is prioritizing the quality of life for service members on our remote bases, and that we’re addressing pilot shortages throughout the country. With the passage of the 2020 NDAA, I will continue to fight for programs and reforms that put our service members and the resources they need first.”
The following are Senator Cortez Masto’s legislative initiatives that were included in the Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019:
Senator Cortez Masto worked closely with her colleagues to craft the most significant privatized military housing reform in the past 20 years. This reform legislation will create more accountability and improve overall living conditions through the inclusion of:
Senator Cortez Masto also worked to include legislation to improve the quality of life for service members on Nevada’s military installations. This includes:
In addition, Senator Cortez Masto cosponsored several pieces of legislation included in the Senate version of the NDAA to protect Americans against cybersecurity attacks and other threats from China.