Cong. Tony Gonzales Applauds House Passage of FY23 NDAA Amendments


“Our national security is more important than ever as we face cyber-attacks and threats from countries like China, Russia, and Iran.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (Washington, D.C.) Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) applauds the passage of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This package includes four amendments authored by Congressman Gonzales. TX-23 is home to critical military installations including Joint Base San Antonio, Laughlin Air Force Base, and Fort Bliss. 

“I am thrilled to see the inclusion and House passage of four of my amendments in this year’s NDAA,” said Congressman Gonzales. “Our national security is more important than ever as we face cyber-attacks and threats from countries like China, Russia, and Iran. This package strengthens our national defense, bolsters our cybersecurity, and supports our servicemembers and their families through improved resources.”

Congressman Gonzales’ initiatives in the NDAA:
  • Forms a National Digital Reserve Corps comprised of civilian individuals with relevant skills and credentials to address digital, AI, and cybersecurity needs across the federal government. 
  • Establishes a pilot program providing eligible military spouses with a spouse-specific Training Assistance Program focusing on employment services, offering guidance on available health care resources, and training in mental health first aid to learn crisis management strategies.  
  • Requires the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on difficulty of filling civilian support services jobs at remote or isolated military installations. 
  • Instructs the Department of Defense to assess the availability of local infant and early childhood mental health services on or near military installations, requires a review of best practices, and authorizes a workforce development curriculum with the purpose of improving the quality and availability of mental health services for children and infants of military families. 
Congressman Gonzales served two decades in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2019 as a Master Chief Petty Officer.









 
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