Delgado Statement on the National Defense Authorization Act

December 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Tonight, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) released the following statement on the National Defense Authorization Act:

 

“While the process to get here is far from what I would have hoped, I welcome the inclusion of my PFAS Right-to-Know Act to finally require polluters to report to the EPA and reveal where this contamination exists. This is an important step to help our communities, and shows that had this been a more transparent process, we could have included additional measures.” Delgado continued, “Today, I voted to support our men and women in uniform, to give our troops a pay raise, for criminal justice reforms to ease the transition from incarceration to employment, to support housing reforms for our military families, to provide paid parental leave for thousands of federal employees, and much more.”

 

Earlier this year, Rep. Delgado was appointed as a NDAA conferee, tasked with reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the NDAA. At the end of conference proceedings, Rep. Delgado spoke out about the lack of transparency in the discussions, and wrote an op-Ed in the Times Union expressing his disappointment with the political horse-trading that prevented additional provisions addressing PFAS contamination from being included and urging House leadership on both sides of the aisle to take on this issue with the urgency it demands.