US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) recently detailed the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023, outlining 13 key priorities in the legislation.
“I am pleased to report that several of my initiatives to further protect our homeland have been included in the fiscal year 2023 defense bill currently under consideration,” said Portman, a senior member of the commission. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs. “At a time when our country faces significant security threats from around the world, these provisions will help ensure that our local, state and federal government has all the resources necessary to detect and deter risks, whether they come from cyber attacks, terrorism and violent extremism or weapons of mass destruction.
According to Portman, the provisions ensure that taxpayer-funded government products are made in the United States, guaranteeing well-paying jobs.
“I have fought to include provisions ensuring that faith-based organizations and places of worship, as well as the citizens of Ohio and across the country, are prepared in the event of a disaster – whether natural, chemical or other emerging threats – and that our government is able to provide short-term mental health and trauma support resources to survivors and first responders,” Portman said.
The Senate NDAA provisions for fiscal year 2023 include:
- The DHS Business and Economic Security Council Act (S. 4243) to strengthen national supply chains and national manufacturing capacity to benefit homeland security;
- The Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit Allowances Act (S. 4326) to authorize allowances for foreign law enforcement officers of the Criminal Investigative Unit trained in the country and abroad; and
- The Advancing American AI Innovation Act (S. 3175) to create a Department of Defense (DoD) pilot program establishing libraries of artificial intelligence (AI) data relevant to the development of artificial intelligence software and technologies .