Rep. Susie Lee Secures Key Nevada Wins in Bipartisan Annual Defense Bill

December 8, 2020
Press Release
Rep. Susie Lee helps secure status-quo extension of Nevada Test and Training Range, servicemember pay raise, and expanded veteran maternal health care.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep Susie Lee (Nev.-03) helped secure key wins for the state of Nevada in the 2020-2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House of Representatives passed today. The NDAA funds the U.S. Department of Defense and supports expenditures and policy that support servicemembers, veterans, and national security.   

“Today, Republicans and Democrats came together to support our servicemembers and veterans, and strengthen our national security,” said Rep. Lee. “Along with strengthening our national defense at home and abroad, this bill also includes a well-deserved three percent pay raise for all servicemembers and a version of my Newborn Care Improvement Act to expand maternal health care for new veteran families. Most importantly for Nevada, I and the rest of the Nevada delegation secured a status quo extension of the Nevada Test and Training Range. This extension supports our military and jobs for Nevada servicemembers, while also preserving our public and tribal lands across the state. These priorities make it clear that Congress will support our servicemembers, veterans, and their families both on and off the battle field.” 

BACKGROUND: Rep. Lee co-led an amendment, which was included in the final budget, to secure a status quo extension of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). Earlier this year, Rep. Lee helped lead discussions around a compromise to secure an extension of the NTTR that would also guarantees protections for tribal resources, conservation, outdoor recreation and public access, and farming and ranching. 

Rep. Lee secured an amended version of her bill, the Newborn Care Improvement Act, which will expand maternal health care for new veteran mothers and families.