WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the below statement after voting in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA), a bipartisan compromise combining the House- and Senate-passed versions of the NDAA. The conference report passed the Senate by an 86-8 vote and now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.
The legislation, which will support our troops, strengthen the military, and enhance national security, also includes bipartisan language Senator Capito authored and secured in the bill to address the risks and challenges associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“Determining our nation’s defense spending priorities is one of Congress’ primary responsibilities, and a responsibility that should be taken seriously. This legislation supports our troops and their families, strengthens our military, and ensures our national defense, and I was proud to vote in favor of this legislation. While I was proud that several of my measures remained in the final version of this bill through the conference negotiations, I was very disappointed that House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee disagreed with bipartisan language I authored with Senator Gillibrand to ensure Americans have access to clean drinking water that is free of PFAS, ultimately deciding to eliminate it from the final text. Addressing the risk of harmful effects that certain PFAS pollutants can have on individuals is something on which we should all be able to find common ground. This is an issue that has affected many in West Virginia, and something I have been focused on tackling. Moving forward, I will continue to work on this issue and find other avenues that we can take to make sure these vital drinking water protections are addressed.”
Senator Capito’s PFAS measure included in the FY2020 NDAA is based on the PFAS Release Disclosure Act (S. 1507), a bill she led to provide a clear process for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and share with the public and policymakers sources of PFAS emissions around the country, while respecting the formal rulemaking processes and scientific approach.
It also includes additional measures that would require the EPA to:
Additional items included in the NDAA that Senator Capito co-sponsored are below:
Additional NDAA highlights include:
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