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Huizenga Submits GRUB Act as Amendment to Annual Defense Bill

Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) announced he and Seth Moulton (D-MA) submitted the GRUB Act as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The GRUB Act is Congressman Huizenga and Congressman Moulton’s bipartisan legislative response to the National Guard being provided unsafe food and having to pay for their own meals while deployed to the U.S. Capitol.

“Members of the Michigan National Guard left their jobs, their families, and their communities to answer the call to serve,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “When the Guard arrived, our men and women in uniform were served food that was undercooked and unsafe, forcing them to pay out of pocket for their own meals while deployed to our nation’s capital. This is embarrassingly unacceptable. The National Defense Authorization Act provides a unique opportunity to do the right thing and properly reimburse our men and women in uniform. Congress needs to step up, right this wrong, and reimburse our troops.”

The Huizenga-Moulton Amendment will retroactively provide an estimated $43 per day in reimbursement for members of the National Guard who answered the call to serve and were deployed to our nation’s capital. This number is in line with criteria for a proportional meal rate for both service members as well as civilian employees.

The Rules Committee will determine the fate of this amendment in the coming days. The NDAA is expected to be debated on the House floor the week of September 20th. The GRUB Act is currently sponsored by 24 Republicans and 9 Democrats.
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