Senator Cornyn

What the Defense Bill Means for Texas

December 15, 2021

Cornyn Secured Numerous Provisions in National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022

Sen. Cornyn’s Legislation Included in the Bill:

  • The Servicemember Safety and Security Act: Strengthens the reporting and review policies and procedures for members of the Armed Forces that are reported absent without leave or missing and improves information sharing between local and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • The Cross Border Trade Enhancement Act Reauthorization: Extends the successful Donation Acceptance Program for Ports of Entry, established by Sen. Cornyn’s 2016 legislation Cross Border Trade Enhancement Act, which allows for public-private partnerships at U.S. Ports of Entry and allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to accept donations of property and technology to more efficiently secure the border and process trade.
  • The Debt Bondage Repair Act: Protects the victims of human trafficking as they regain their livelihood and recover from the financial harm inflicted by traffickers by ensuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) does not furnish a consumer report with any identifying information of these victims.


Other Texas-Specific Provisions:

  • Raises troops’ pay by 2.7%.
  • Authorizes $362.4 million for military construction projects in Texas, including:
    • a new barracks at Fort Hood, and
    • an Ambulatory Care Center and an Aircraft Corrosion Control facility at Joint Base San Antonio.
  • Authorizes 85 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which are built by Texans in Fort Worth.
  • Invests in Texas students with $42 million for the Department of Defense’s STARBASE program in Austin, Houston, San Angelo, and San Antonio, which encourages students to explore STEM opportunities with military personnel.
  • Funds the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber, which will be flown out of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.
  • Prioritizes the safety of our troops by authorizing $183 million for vehicle rollover mitigation kits that are installed at the Red River Army Depot.
  • Increases funding for Impact Aid by $70 million to support schools educating military children, and especially those with severe disabilities.
  • Supports family readiness by ensuring access to high-quality childcare on military bases.