Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement on his vote in favor of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
 
“Congress has a responsibility to the American people to ensure our armed forces and national security agencies have the tools and resources they need to keep the nation safe. On balance, this year’s NDAA meets this obligation by enhancing military readiness; increasing pay for the troops; upgrading federal cybersecurity protections; and establishing clear benchmarks for any troop withdrawals in South Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan. 
 
“However, the NDAA does have a glaring shortcoming in that the Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act was omitted from the final product after being included in the Senate version. This provision would have permitted any president to suspend certain foreign aid to foreign countries that fail to limit the flow of illicit fentanyl into the United States. The fact that House Democrats objected to this provision, which earned widespread bipartisan support in the Senate, is equal parts baffling and foolish.”
 
Background on Toomey-Supported Provisions in the NDAA:
 
FIND Trafficking Act: offered with Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.)
·         Directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the use of virtual currencies and online marketplaces in sex and drug trafficking
 
Prohibition on the Department of Defense’s Purchase of Russian Natural Gas
·         Prohibits the use of Russian gas at a major Department of Defense hospital under construction in Germany
 
Chinook Block II Upgrade
·         Directs the Department of Defense to provide Congress with an assessment on the indefinite delay of the Chinook Block II upgrade
o   The Chinook Block II upgrade was being done, in part, by Boeing’s facility in Delaware County, Pa.
 
Establishing an “Academic Liaison” for the Sharing of Threats with Universities: offered with Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.)
·         Requires the Department of Defense to task a current official as an ‘academic liaison’ for the purpose of sharing foreign threat information with universities
o   Offered with the support of Penn State University
 
Israeli Assistance: co-sponsor of provision authored by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

·         Authorizes annual security assistance to Israel until 2028