December 11, 2020
Includes key Air Force provisions for Wyoming, sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of the conference report accompanying H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, or NDAA.
“Congress’ first duty is to provide for the common defense. The National Defense Authorization Act is how we keep America safe. For 60 consecutive years, Congress has passed this bill.
“The NDAA gives the troops a well-deserved raise. It provides them with cutting-edge technology to maintain American military superiority on any battlefield. The bill also funds important defense projects at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
“This critical defense bill also keeps China and Russia in check. We successfully included legislation I’ve championed to expand U.S. sanctions on companies involved in installing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Sanctions will help us stop this pipeline and eliminate this Russian geopolitical weapon.
“I’m proud to support our men and women in uniform by voting for the NDAA.”
Key provisions for Wyoming:
• Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Minuteman III ICBM Replacement Program – $1.5 billion.
• MH-139 Helicopter Program Air Force Security Forces – $194 million.
• F.E. Warren Weapons Storage Facility Military Construction $12 million
Nord Steam 2 Pipeline:
• Barrasso co-sponsored legislation that clarifies and expands U.S. sanctions related to Nord Stream 2, applying them to vessels engaged in all pipe-laying activities.
• The sanctions were also extended to those facilitating or providing vessels, insurance, port facilities, or tethering services for those vessels, and ultimately to any company providing certification for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to begin operations.