Tuberville Votes for Defense Bill, Secures Major Wins for Alabama

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) issued the following statement after voting for this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the United States Senate by a vote of 87 to 13.

“I voted for this year’s defense bill for two reasons: because it’s good for Alabama and it’s good for our national security,” said Coach Tuberville. “This bill could have been a lot stronger, but Chuck Schumer rigged the negotiation process to prevent conservatives from getting key wins on issues like taxpayer-funded abortion and DEI. We didn’t get everything we wanted this time, but we got a lot. And my fellow conservatives in Alabama and across America can be sure that I’m determined to get the rest of it in next year’s bill.”


The Constitution prohibits “appropriation of money to raise and support armies for a longer term than two years.” Accordingly, Congress passes a defense authorization bill every year.

This year’s defense bill is 3,000 pages long. Following is a brief breakdown of some of the most important provisions in the bill.


  • Gives our troops the largest military pay raise in decades, with a 5.2% pay raise for the over 37,000 servicemembers stationed in Alabama.
  • Includes the FINISH IT Act, which halts Joe Biden’s plan to sell off border wall construction materials.
  • Includes a provision authored by Coach Tuberville that requires the military to source more critical minerals from the United States—not China. Alabama produces a variety of critical materials, such as graphite and carbon fiber.
  • Includes Tuberville-authored provision to increase use of unmanned naval and ground vehicles, which are built in Alabama, ensuring that fewer American lives will be lost in a direct conflict with our adversaries.
  • Authorizes six new munitions for multiyear procurement contracts, including Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, Precision Strike Missiles (PrSM), MK-48 Torpedoes, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM), Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM), and Small Diameter Bomb IIs (SDB-II).
  • Creates Sea-launched nuclear cruise missile program.
  • Requires the Department of Defense to pursue a new modern variant of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb.
  • Provides aircraft and training for Israeli pilots, including $200 million for missile defense and support for anti-tunnel missions against Hamas.
  • Authorizes training for Taiwan’s military and speeds up deliveries of Harpoon missiles to Taiwan.


  • Blocks the move of SPACECOM Headquarters from Alabama to Colorado until June 30.
  • Makes investments in Alabama’s military bases and defense industry. Through Coach’s efforts on the Senate Armed Services Committee, nearly $2 billion will impact Alabama entities both public and private.
    • Over $1.5 billion will support the Missile Defense Agency
    • Over $117 million will be directed to the Redstone Arsenal
    • Over $68 million will be directed to the Alabama Army National Guard
    • Over $65 million will be directed to Maxwell Air Force Base
    • Over $41 million will be directed to Fort Novosel
    • Over $16 million will be directed to the Anniston Army Depot
    • Over $7 million will be directed to the Alabama Air National Guard
  • Authorizes $316.6 million in Military Construction Projects, including:
    • $68 million for a Ground Test Facility at Redstone
    • $65 million for Military Family Housing at Maxwell
    • $57 million for a new Army Reserve Center in Birmingham
    • $41.2 million for new Barracks at Fort Novosel
  • Authorizes over $120 million for DoD research and development projects throughout Alabama.
  • Authorizes $6 billion for Columbia procurement and industrial base improvements, benefitting Austal USA.  
  • Prohibits KC-135 retirement, preserving footprint at Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base.
  • Authorizes a new grant program for infrastructure improvements at private shipyards, such as Alabama Shipyards.
  • Requires the Army to implement plans to improve telecommunication infrastructure at National Guard installations.
  • Authorizes $20 million over the budget request for additional Lakota helicopters used for training at Ft. Novosel.
  • Includes Tuberville-authored provision to remove barriers for employee stock owned-companies (ESOPs) to compete for more defense contracts.


  • Includes the MERIT Act, which makes it easier to fire bureaucrats who aren’t doing their jobs and creates accountability.
  • Freezes DEI hiring until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) delivers a report to Congress on the cost of the DEI workforce.
    • Caps the max annual pay for employees whose primary jobs are working on DEI initiatives at $70,000 annually.
  • Hires an Inspector General for Ukraine aid to create accountability for US foreign aid.

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.