Rep. Jackson Secures Major Wins for TX-13, Defends Conservative Values in NDAA
I recently voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I authored a number of provisions to modernize the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, support training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, and provide our military with the resources it needs to counter our adversaries such as China, Russia, and Iran. For additional background on my work on the NDAA, click here. Other NDAA highlights include a pay raise for servicemembers and a ban on dishonorable discharges for servicemembers who refuse Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
My leadership also ensured that problematic provisions such as an anti-Second Amendment red flag law and a mandate that women register for the Military Draft were not included in the final version of the NDAA. In September, I signed on to a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) leadership urging for the removal of the red flag provision. In December, I authored a letter to HASC and SASC leadership demanding the removal of a requirement that would’ve forced young women to register for the Military Draft. Both of my efforts were successful.
Ahead of the final vote, I spoke on the House Floor in support of the NDAA.
I said: “I promised my constituents I would fight back against Democrats’ attempt to use our great military as a laboratory for their woke experiments, and I’m proud to share that we succeeded. I will never give an inch on our Second Amendment rights, and I adamantly oppose forcing our daughters to go to war. I am very happy with the final NDAA, which ensures that Texas’ 13th District will remain at the forefront of the national defense conversation, guarantees our military’s readiness and competitiveness, and protects servicemembers from a stain on their career over Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate. I will never back down from the radical left, and I will always put America and our military first. The final NDAA is proof of that!”
Ranking Member Mike Rogers (AL-03) said: “Rep. Jackson’s experience as a veteran has allowed him to be an effective leader on the House Armed Services Committee. He has worked hard to ensure that our servicemembers have the funding and tools they need to be prepared for conflict. The NDAA is critical for our national security which is why it has always enjoyed bipartisan and bicameral support. I thank Rep. Jackson for his work on this incredibly important piece of legislation.”
I am a member of HASC. Link to the full bill can be found here.