Allred Votes to Give Service Members a Pay Raise, Support Relocation of Afghan SIV Applicants as NDAA Passes House

September 23, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), today voted for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA) which authorizes funding for the United States Military’s operations, programs and personnel. The bill appropriated funds for military construction projects at bases across Texas including funding for a F-35 simulator facility, an additional aircraft maintenance hangar and a National Guard Vehicle Maintenance shop at Fort Worth.

“This bill will help ensure our troops and military operations have the resources they need to keep us safe,” said Allred. “In addition to taking steps to improve the quality of life for our military families including increasing allowable parental leave, I am pleased we were able to come together to provide support for the relocation of Afghan SIV applicants who played a critical role with our military in Afghanistan. I’ll always work across the aisle to make sure our service members have the resources they need to protect our nation.” 

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2021:

  • Gives our servicemembers a pay raise of 2.7 percent.
  • Includes $500 million in DOD relocation support for Afghan SIV holders.
  • Increases the allowable parental leave for primary and secondary caregivers in military families.
  • Makes it easier to make mental health appointments via military health care.
  • Establishes an Office of Countering Extremism.
  • Includes a 36 percent increase in defense-wide basic and applied research and development.
  • Omits barriers to closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.