Congressman Denver Riggleman Releases Statement on the Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

July 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— The House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report this evening. Included in this years NDAA is a section authored by Congressman Denver Riggleman (R-VA) as well as two amendments co-sponsored by Rep. Riggleman. The National Defense Authorization Act fulfills one of Congress’ most essential duties: funding our military.  This year’s NDAA puts our troops and America’s security first by laying the foundations for an Indo-Pacific Command Deterrence Initiative, continuing to reform the Pentagon’s business practices, and improving provisions to support our military families.

"Passing the National Defense Authorization Act is one of Congress’ most important constitutional duties.  It is imperative that Congress pass a bill to support the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and provide them with the resources they need,” said Congressman Riggleman.  “I am especially pleased that three sections I co-authored were included in the final version of the bill.  Those sections will equip our Armed Forces with the skills they need, deter our enemies’ threats, and keep Americans safe."

Amendment offered by Congressman Riggleman:

''Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2019"

This amendment requires the Treasury Secretary to submit a semi-annual report regarding financial services for state sponsors of terrorism and puts foreign banks on alert that Congress will be watching their dealings with human rights abusers and corrupt officials.

Amendments co-sponsored by Congressman Riggleman:

"Homeland and Cyber Threat Act"

This amendment creates a cyber attack exception under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) to protect U.S. nationals against foreign state sponsored cyber attacks.

"Limitation on Eligibility of For-Profit Institutions To Participate In Educational Assistance Programs of the Department of Defense"

This amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act will close the 90/10 loophole and help send more veterans to college by stopping for profit institutions from exploiting Department of Defense funding.


Congressman Riggleman with service members from Virginia, Panama 2019.

You can read the full text of the National Defense Authorization Act, here.