This week, the United States Rep. Gus BilirakisR-Fla., highlighted two of his proposals that were enacted under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The House passed the measure on a 363-70 vote with 194 Republicans and 169 Democrats backing it. Most of the opposition members – 51 – are from the Democratic ranks and 19 Republicans have joined them. The NDAA is $15 billion more than President Joe Biden asked for.
All members of the Florida delegation voted to adopt the NDAA, except for the United States Representative Bill PoseyR-Fla.
The NDAA understood the “United States-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act” that we Senator Bob MenendezD-NJ, launched in June with US Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as co-sponsor. Over there in the house of the United States, Bilirakis and the United States Representative Ted DeutchD-Fla., the president of the United States House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africadefended the proposal.
Seeking to steer Greece away from Russian-produced military equipment, the bill would allocate $1 million a year in IInternational military education and training (IMET) to Greece every year until 2026. The bill would also speed up deliveries of military supplies to Greece, including F-35s. The bill also creates an “inter-parliamentary group between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the United States to serve as the legislative component of the 3+1 process launched between the governments in March 2019”.
“As a reliable NATO ally, Greece plays a vital role in promoting security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. The 200th anniversary of Greek independence reminds us of the long history of U.S.-Greek cooperation based on our shared commitment to democratic values, and we must continue to build that cooperation in the years to come,” Menendez said when he presented the proposal. “To ensure the security of the Eastern Mediterranean, the United States must strengthen its defense relationship with Greece by supporting Greece’s efforts to modernize its armed forces. This legislation is intended to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United States and Greece in order to advance our shared values, promote security cooperation, and support a secure Eastern Mediterranean for years to come.
“This bipartisan legislation will continue to strengthen defense cooperation with Greece, a valued NATO ally,” Rubio said. “By extending foreign military assistance to Greece and establishing an inter-parliamentary partnership with the democratic countries of the Eastern Mediterranean, this legislation reaffirms our firm commitment to the region at a time when malicious actors seek to undermine security and international stability.
“Over the past several years, the United States has strengthened and expanded our strategic security partnership with Greece and other Eastern Mediterranean allies,” Deutch said in introducing the bill. “We want to build on this mutually beneficial defense relationship by enhancing Greece’s military capabilities and fostering interparliamentary engagement between the United States, Greece, Cyprus and Israel. I am proud to introduce this bill, which is a natural extension of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act that Congressman Bilirakis and I introduced and passed in the last Congress.
Bilirakis weighed in on including the bill in the NDAA.
“Greece has always proven to be a reliable ally in the Eastern Mediterranean. This essential legislation reinforces Greece’s efforts to modernize its armed forces, while strengthening our strategic partnership between our Hellenic partners. It also allows for continued security cooperation to help facilitate lasting stability across the region,” he said last month.
Bilirakis also noted the “Department of Defense (DOD) Health Care Provider Training Act” which “implements mandatory training for all DOD medical providers on the potential health effects of burns” and “will help ensure early identification and treatment of health problems. caused by exposure to the combustion pit” was adopted as part of the NDAA. U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, D-California, and Bilirakis defended that proposal. The two members of Congress have been teaming up on bills regarding health issues related to fireplaces since 2018.
“I know my constituents expect me to get results. I will continue to work across the aisle to pass measures that will benefit my constituents, our community and our country,” Bilirakis said this week.
With these two proposals on the finish line, Bilirakis has seen five of his bills become law over the past year, while seven more of his bills have passed the House but failed to pass. yet passed by the Senate.
The congressman’s office noted that the following bills also became law in the past year:
The TRANSPLANT Act reauthorizes the CW Bill Young Cell Transplant Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory. It will help tens of thousands of Americans of all ages who suffer from diseases such as blood cancer, sickle cell disease, inherited metabolic or immune system disorders, and 70 other life-threatening blood disorders.
The Protecting Moms Who Serve Act – improves maternal health care for veterans
The FAIR Crash Tests Act – improves federal vehicle safety testing practices, particularly those involving the use of crash test dummies.