Curbelo Celebrates Inclusion of South Florida Priorities in House-Passed Defense Spending Bill

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

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) celebrated today’s House passage of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)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.

“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

The FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes the biggest pay increase our military has received in eight years, passed the House by a vote of 356-70.

NDAA also includes Curbelo’s bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection ActH.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 prohibited the Department of Defense from mitigating and adapting to the impact of sea level rise. The Caucus led a bipartisan effort to block the anti-climate amendment earlier this year.

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