Curbelo Secures South Florida Priorities in Defense Spending Bill

The bill includes Curbelo’s Foreign Spill Protection Act, Homestead ARB security upgrades, troop pay increase, and thorough assessment on how climate change threatens military readiness

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Washington, D.C., July 14, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) celebrated House passage of H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. This bill includes Curbelo’s Foreign Spill Protection Act and language that requires the Pentagon to assess the vulnerabilities posed by climate change so we can responsibly identify and implement adaptive measures for our military installations.

The Senate will now consider a defense spending bill, and the two chambers will work on a package to send to the President’s desk.

“I was proud to support the full funding of our national defense today, especially given the critical impact it will have on South Florida and the inclusion of the largest pay increase our troops have received in over eight years,” Curbelo said. “This bill allocates $9.8 million for Homestead Air Reserve Base to improve security and protect our reservists and all the civilians who work on base. The bill also incorporates the Foreign Spill Protection Act I introduced earlier this year to ensure foreign entities responsible for an oil spill affecting U.S. waters and our coastline are also responsible for all cleanup costs, regardless of where the spill took place.

“As co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus, I’m particularly proud this passage comes after a victory for sensible environmental policy and for all those who believe Congress needs to do more to mitigate and adapt to sea level rise and the changing climate,” Curbelo added. “The successful efforts of the Caucus to defeat an amendment that would have discouraged taking climate change and sea level rise into account when planning for our national defense should not go unnoticed. With military bases like Naval Air Station Key West vulnerable to sea level rise, this vote was a win for South Florida and coastal military communities across the country.” 

BACKGROUND

H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes the biggest pay increase our military has received in eight years, passed the House by a vote of 344–81.

NDAA also includes Curbelo’s bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection Act, H.R. 468. Introduced earlier this year, this legislation would ensure foreign entities that cause an oil spill into U.S. waters and shores are held responsible for all cleanup costs, regardless of where the spill started. Additionally, the bill would apply Clean Water Act penalties on the responsible foreign party.

Thanks to the actions of the Climate Solutions Caucus, which Curbelo Co-Chairs, the bill does not include an anti-climate amendment that would have stripped language directing the Department of Defense to continue its efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impact of sea level rise. Curbelo released a statement following the vote last night

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