WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the bipartisan fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which contains the provisions of more than a dozen pieces of legislation authored or supported by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th.
Ryan is quarantining at home and cast his vote remotely.
Ryan said he is “extremely pleased” to see so much of his legislation included in the bill.
“These provisions will have a real-world impact on the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians of our armed forces, especially for our Air Force reservists at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and our soldiers at Camp James A. Garfield,” Ryan said in a news release.
Here’s a look at several of the provisions:
- The provisions of the National Guard and Reserve Incentive Pay Parity Act, authored by Ryan, would require the military to provide reserve and National Guard service members incentive and special duty pay at the same rate as their active-duty counterparts.
- The provisions of the Reservists Opportunity Act, authored by Ryan with U.S. Rep. Chris Jacobs, R-N.Y., would allow for National Guard and reserve members to access the Army’s Tour of Duty system, which serves as a military job board, from any device.
- The provisions of the 1095 Rule Amendment Act, cosponsored by Ryan, would amend the accounting of Guard and reserve members performing active duty reserve or full-time Guard duty toward authorized end strengths.
- The provisions of the Reducing Barriers for Military Voters Act, cosponsored by Ryan, would direct the Federal Voting Assistance Program to provide an end-to-end voting system to service members with limited postal service.
The legislation still awaits consideration by the U.S. Senate.