Senator Stabenow Secures Important Priorities for Michigan in National Defense Authorization Act

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Bill invests in our troops and Michigan military facilities


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) secured important priorities for Michigan in the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the Senate by a margin of 86-11.


“This bill continues to make important investments in our men and women in uniform,” said Senator Stabenow. “This legislation secures a well-earned pay raise for our service members, provides funding to improve Michigan military facilities, and combats our country’s fentanyl crisis.”


This year, Senator Stabenow secured important provisions, including:


  • A 5.2% pay raise for our men and women in uniform.


  • Upgrading and enhancing military facilities across Michigan: The bill invests $72 million in the Detroit Arsenal to build a new research and development laboratory and $24 million in the Battle Creek Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center to construct two new buildings and a vehicle wash platform.


  • Protecting Americans from PFAS: The bill holds the Department of Defense accountable to keep Michigan families safe from harmful chemicals. It requires DOD to report to Congress on the proposed schedule and cost estimates of the completion of PFAS remediation activities and publish the current status of those activities. The bill also extends an ongoing health study on the impacts of PFAS exposure, which is critical for establishing stronger federal standards for PFAS. 


  • Adding the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States: The bill includes portions of the Food Security is National Security Act first proposed by Senators Stabenow and Grassley. It insures that when foreign investors are purchasing U.S. farm land that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a seat the table to review these purchases as a permanent member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.


  • Preventing fentanyl overdoses: The bill combats our country’s fentanyl crisis, which killed 100,000 people last year. The bill limits the flow of deadly fentanyl into American communities by targeting the illicit fentanyl supply chain, from chemical suppliers in China to the cartels that transport the drugs in Mexico.