From Enterprise Staff
Congressman Morgan Luttrell (R-TX) scored several key wins in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including top priorities. The NDAA, which is an annual congressional bill giving guidance on the policies and funding of defense agencies, now heads to the House floor for a vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives.
“The fiscal year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act boosts defense spending to provide much-needed funding for our military and national security, as our nation faces unprecedented threats from around the globe,” Luttrell said. “I am proud to see several of my amendments and priorities accepted, including clinical trials on psychedelic therapy to treat PTSD, funding for counter-narcotics support, and improvements on cybersecurity infrastructure and AI based cyber threat detection. This legislation will strengthen our national defense, making a stronger, safer America. I look forward to this coming to the House floor for a vote.”
Luttrell had over 40 provisions in the bill, including:
•A $40 million increase in funding for counter-narcotics support across the Department of Defense (DoD);
•Support for clinical studies on the benefits of psychedelic substances for treating traumatic brains injuries (TBIs) and other combat-related conditions;
•Multiple provisions supporting special forces’ ability to fight and win;
•Bolstered cybersecurity capacity at DoD by reallocating responsibilities, creating requirements, and increasing preparedness across the force;
•A $526.5 million increase in funding that will support the defense industry in Texas and across the U.S.;
•Required a study on servicemember nutrition across the force;
•Formalized recognition of the Navy SEAL Museum by the Navy;
Created a study researching the use of genetic material to predict post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
•Supported the study of TBIs among service members;
•Included language requiring technology modernization for homeland defense;
•Included multiple provisions supporting hypersonic development; and
•Supported the continuation of the F-35 program.
Congressman Morgan Luttrell serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Cyber Information Technologies and Innovation (CITI) and the Intelligence and Special Operations (ISO) subcommittees.