Wagner Applauds Passage of FY22 NDAA, Super Hornet Funding, and Other Legislative Priorities
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Chair of the House Suburban Caucus, released the following statement after she voted in support of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“This $778 billion bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act advances the critical needs of our military so our servicemen and women are fully equipped to keep our nation secure and safe. This legislation supports our troops who put their lives at risk to defend our freedoms and helps bolster our national defense at a time when global bad actors, including China, Russia, and Iran, are working to take advantage of instability in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
“Included in this legislation is funding for 12 Super Hornets, planes that are made here in St. Louis and support thousands of local jobs. These critically important aircraft have been part of the fabric of our community for decades, but plans to cut funding for this program put manufacturing jobs in our region at risk. I fought to ensure these Super Hornets would remain in the NDAA and am proud to work with local advocates to ensure they continue to be built here in Missouri.
“The NDAA also included a number of my initiatives that will support victims of human trafficking, combat global human rights abuses, and protect women and children who are particularly at risk of violence.”
Wagner Initiatives Included
Southeast Asia Strategy Act
- Directs the United States to develop a coherent and clearly communicated regional strategy that addresses all aspects of the relationship, from trade and humanitarian goals to diplomatic and security arrangements
Central American Women and Children Protection Act
- Authorizes the United States to enter into bilateral agreements with Central American countries to end violence against women and children
Trafficking Victims Housing Act
- Requires an assessment of barriers to fair housing and discrimination against survivors of trafficking who are members of a protected class under the Fair Housing Act
Egypt Human Rights Amendment
- Requires a report on incidents of arbitrary detention, violence, and harassment of American citizens by the government of Egypt
- Directs Treasury to ensure that financial assistance provided through international financial institutions does not go to the Burmese military