H.R. 4435, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015

H.R. 4435

National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015

Committee
Armed Services

Date
May 20, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, under a rule.  H.R. 4435 was introduced on April 9, 2014 by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.  The bill was ordered reported, as amended, on May 8, 2014 by a vote of 61-0.[1]

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[1] Committee Report 113-446.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4435 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other select national security programs within the Department of Energy[1] for FY 2015.  The bill authorizes a $521.3 billion topline for base national defense programs, which includes $7.9 billion in mandatory defense spending and $ 513.4 billion in discretionary spending.  Additionally, the bill authorizes $79.4 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).  H.R. 4435 is consistent with the House budget, H.Con.Res. 96, which passed with 219 Republican votes on April 10, 2014.  The topline for national defense spending is $30.7 billion less than the enacted level in the FY14 NDAA, as it reflects the $22 billion in partial sequester relief that was enacted in the Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget agreement.  Without this relief, sequester cuts would have resulted in an even lower top line.

The following information is highlighted in the summary of H.R. 4435 provided by the House Armed Services Committee:

BRAC prevention – The bill rejects the Administration’s proposal for an additional round of Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC).  It requires DoD to submit to Congress several BRAC-related reports, including an assessment of each prior BRAC round, a report on excess capacity, and a report on the property disposal process.

Savings in Operation and Maintenance – The bill provides scrutiny to certain Operation and Maintenance (O&M) accounts like the service contract account and currency exchange account (which protects DoD from currency fluctuations), redirecting funds to higher priority accounts. This comprises more than $1.2 billion of the $1.4 billion in changes to O&M.

Rejection of compensation cuts– H.R. 4435 rejects the President’s proposed cuts to TRICARE, housing allowances, and commissary benefits.  Chairman McKeon continues to reject piecemeal compensation reform, and has reiterated his support for comprehensive reform that will take into account recommendations by the military compensation commission that was established by the FY13 NDAA, which are expected in early 2015.

Increased troop pay – The bill allows for a 1.8% increase in troop pay, consistent with current law.[2]  It freezes pay for General and Flag Officers, however, as supported by senior military leadership.

Reforms to combat sexual assault – H.R. 4435 builds on the work to prevent sexual assault in the military, provide support to victims, and prosecute offenders.  The bill eliminates the “good soldier defense,” which considers an individual’s general military character when determining his or her probable innocence in sexual assault prosecutions.  H.R. 4435 requires DoD to review all sexual assault victims who have been separated from the Armed Forces after reporting sexual assault, to ensure that their separation was not retaliatory.  The bill requires consultation with sexual assault victims to determine whether they prefer the prosecution of offenders by court-martial or through civilian court.  H.R. 4435 requires DoD to brief Congress on progress in implementing the sexual assault provisions contained in the NDAAs for fiscal years 2012-2014 and the initiatives announced by the Secretary of Defense on August 14, 2013.

Efforts to reduce military suicide – The bill directs DoD to develop a standardized policy for collecting suicide data for Active Duty and Reserve Components and their families.  In light of the increased suicide rate in the special operations community, the bill authorizes $45.3 million towards behavioral and psychological health programs and efforts for Special Operations Forces.  Included in the authorized funding is an increase to boost the number of behavioral health care providers such as psychologists and social workers who are embedded with Special Operations Forces.

Restored readiness – H.R. 4435 diverts funds from lower priority items to address critical readiness gaps associated with depot maintenance, flying hour programs, and base operations support.

Afghanistan – H.R. 4435 supports the post-2014 NATO mission known as Operation Resolute Support and urges the President to announce appropriate U.S. residual force levels for the enduring mission in Afghanistan.  The bill emphasizes the importance of achieving a signed Bilateral Security Agreement.  To maintain effective oversight, H.R. 4435 requires a revised “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan under Operation Resolute Support” to inform its understanding of the post-2014 security and economic environment in Afghanistan, and a plan for sustaining the Afghan National Security Forces through FY 2018.  H.R. 4435 reduces the amount of U.S. assistance to Afghanistan in FY 2015 by 150% because of illegal taxation of U.S. assistance in FY 2014.  The bill requires a report on the enduring requirements beyond the Afghanistan mission that are funded through OCO.

Institutional reform – The bill increases the budget for the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), which serves as a sort of internal “think tank” for DoD, and restores its independent status with the ONA reporting directly to the Secretary of Defense (“Secretary”).  The bill requires a report on combining combatant back office functions to improve efficiency and increase cost savings.  The bill requires GAO to assess DoD’s headquarter reduction efforts.

Acquisition reform – H.R. 4435 encourages the Secretary to improve data collection for service contracting and conduct better analysis of the data to identify waste.  The bill requires GAO to report on opportunities to improve the service contracting process.

Security reform – The bill requires the Secretary to provide regular assessments of the damage resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, as well as steps DoD is taking to mitigate the damage.

Strategy reform – H.R. 4435 restricts 25% of the funding for the Office of the Secretary of Defense until it resubmits the inadequate Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) delivered to Congress earlier this year.  Despite the statutory requirement that the QDR set the long-term course for DoD, the report focused largely on the near-term.  The bill also reforms the QDR process by requiring several new reports to better inform the review process.

Vital platforms – The bill supports critical programs including the refueling of the USS George Washington, a carrier with 25 years of useful life remaining, and incremental funding for a new San Antonio Class Amphibious Ship.  It provides for limited purchase of EA-18G Growlers, preservation of the A-10, AWACS aircraft, and additional MQ-9 Reapers.  The bill also strives to preserve the integrity of the industrial base, including Abrams tank upgrades, the Hercules and Stryker vehicles, tactical wheeled vehicles, and the Grey Eagle program.

National Guard – H.R. 4435 directs GAO to study the appropriate balance between the active force and the National Guard.  The bill blocks reductions to National Guard end strength and the redistribution of important Guard aviation assets.

Asia rebalance – The bill includes several provisions focusing on the Administration’s rebalance to Asia.  It requires the Secretary to develop a strategy to prioritize U.S. interests in the U.S. Pacific Command’s area of responsibility.  It also requires a briefing on airlift and tanker capabilities in the area.  The bill emphasizes the importance of the U.S. alliance with both Japan and South Korea for Asia-Pacific stability and prosperity.

Defeating al Qaeda – H.R. 4435 requires a report on DoD’s strategy to continue to deny safe havens to al Qaeda.

Guantanamo Bay – The bill maintains prohibitions associated with the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, including the prohibitions of transferring detainees to the U.S. and of constructing terrorist detention facilities in the U.S.

Stability in the Middle East – H.R. 4435 expresses concern that vital U.S. bases in the Middle East are funded through OCO and are not supported by Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA).  It urges the President to shift to an enduring posture in the Middle East and to seek SOFAs with Gulf Cooperation Council states.  The bill supports the President’s decision to send ten Apache helicopters to Egypt for counterterrorism operations, and expresses concern about the influx of foreign fighters in Syria.  It reflects the belief that a U.S. presence in the Arabian Gulf is vital to deter Iran, and that any negotiations with Iran must address the military aspects of their nuclear program.

Israel – The bill funds the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system at almost double the level requested by the President’s budget.  It provides significant resources for other Israeli Cooperative Missile Defense programs.

Africa – H.R. 4435 reinforces capabilities of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and increases accountability.  The bill requires a report on the readiness implications of the Army’s use of a “regionally aligned force” in Africa, which aligns designated units to specific regions and deploy small groups from those units to conduct security force assistance activities, leaving the rest at their home stations.  The bill also requires a report on the “New Normal”[3] and general mission requirements for AFRICOM.

Europe and Russia – The bill condemns Russia for its aggression against Ukraine and reaffirms the U.S. commitment to its NATO obligations.  H.R. 4435 requires the Secretary to develop a plan to provide assistance to European and Eurasian militaries to enhance their defensive capabilities.  The bill authorizes increased funding to enable the U.S., through military exercises and defense reform efforts, to build the capacity of militaries that are members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program in order to promote regional stability and deter Russian aggression.   The bill prohibits U.S. military contact and cooperation with the Russian military until the Secretary certifies that the Russian military is no longer illegally occupying Crimea, no longer acting inconsistently with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty, and is in compliance with the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty.  The bill bars the National Nuclear Security Administration from transferring technology to Russia until the Secretary of Energy makes the same certifications.

Proximity Encroachment – Due to concern that foreign-controlled entities are obtaining property near critical military facilities in order to monitor U.S. activities, H.R. 4435 requires a DoD study to examine gaps and vulnerabilities in the interagency process for public property estate transactions.

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[1] Including the National Nuclear Security Administration, defense environmental cleanup activities, energy security and assurance programs, and other defense activities.
[2] The President has executive authority to reduce this pay rate without congressional authorization.
[3] “Following the [2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi], the [U.S.] established a ‘New Normal’ set of requirements and associated resourcing worldwide. The committee is aware that with the current force posture and structure of [AFRICOM], the [U.S.] is accepting a high level of risk in defending U.S. posts that have been determined to be ‘high risk, high threat’ as part of the ‘New Normal’ requirements. Moreover, the committee is concerned that AFRICOM does not have sufficient assigned military forces; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets; crisis response forces; and enablers to meet the ‘New Normal’ requirements.” Committee Report 113-446 at 270.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, enacting H.R. 4435 will decrease net direct spending by $1 million in 2015 and by $35 million from 2015-2019, and would increase direct spending by $1 million from 2015-2024.  Because the bill would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply.  Enacting H.R. 4435 would not affect revenues.

Amendments

1)         Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR) Amendment #308 – Amendment authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to procure not more than 10 AESA radar upgrades for the Air National Guard F-15C/D aircraft, which is offset by cuts to levels authorized beyond the President’s Budget Request, spread across 9 accounts.

2)         Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) Amendment #230 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to establish either a security monitoring duty roster program that would authorize certain DoD personnel to openly carry a firearm on a military installation, or a procedure to permit qualified military personnel to openly carry a firearm on a military installation for personal protection.  Ensures that commanders at all levels would have control and oversight over the authorizations.

3)         Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) Amendment #157 – Amendment gives DOD authority to transfer funds to nuclear nonproliferation, not only to weapons activities and naval reactors.  Currently, the bill language limits fund transfers to only weapons activities and naval reactors.

4)         Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) Amendment #275 – Amendment requires the Department of Defense to establish a plan with the Afghan government for reimbursing contractors for illegal taxes.

5)         Rep. Garamendi (D-CA) Amendment #40 – Amendment directs the President, DOD, and AFRICOM to expand various programs to include combatting wildlife trafficking and poaching.

6)         Reps. Daines (R-MT), Cramer (R-ND), Lamborn (R-CO), and Lummis (R-WY) Amendment #76 – Amendment strikes subsection (c) of Section 1634 of the reported NDAA, which terminates in 2021 the requirement that ICBM silos remain in at least warm status.

7)         Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) Amendment #63 – Amendment adds a Sense of Congress establishing that national security is the top priority for the federal government and should be the top priority for the use of public lands.

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The following amendments will be considered individually:

1)         Rep. McKinley (R-WV) Amendment #145 – Amendment prohibits funds for this Administration to conduct its anti-fossil fuel climate change agenda, which includes the National Climate Assessment, the IPCC report, the UN’s Agenda 21, and the Social Cost of Carbon.

4)         Rep. Westmoreland (R-GA) Amendment #128 – Amendment srikes section 341, which requires the disclosure of proprietary information.

6)         Rep. Shimkus (R-IL) Amendment #320 – Amendment delays relinquishment or agreeing to any proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) over Internet domain name system functions by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information until GAO submits a report to Congress on the role of the NTIA with respect to the Internet domain name system.

8)         Reps. Polis (D-CO) and Blumenauer (D-OR) Amendment #277 – Amendment prohibits funds from being used for the Navy to carry out the refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. George Washington and strikes $483,600,00 in funding for that purpose; states that the amount reduced shall not be used for any purpose other than deficit reduction.

9)         Rep. Walorski (R-IN) Amendment #258 – Amendment prohibits the Secretary of Defense from using any funds authorized to the department for the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees to Yemen.

10)      Reps. Smith (D-WA), Moran (D-VA), and Nadler (D-NY Amendment #226 – Amendment provides a framework for closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 31, 2016.

11)      Reps. Smith (D-WA) and Broun (R-GA) Amendment #89 – Amends section 1021 of the FY 12 NDAA to eliminate indefinite military detention of any person detained under AUMF authority in the United States, it territories, or possessions, by providing for immediate transfer to trial and proceedings by a court established under Article III of the U.S. Constitution or by an appropriate state court.  Amendment also strikes section 1022 of the same Act, which provides for mandatory military custody of covered parties.

13)      Rep. Heck (D-WA) Amendment #282 – Amendment creates a program that give military communities that suffer from significant traffic problems caused by base population increases to compete for $200 million in grants to improve transportation infrastructure, from building new roads to upgrading public transportation systems.

15)      Rep. Jenkins (R-KS) Amendment #135 – Amendment creates a moratorium on the insourcing of previously contracted activities within DOD. Exceptions would be made (1) if the activity was “inherently governmental”, and thereby should never have been contracted out in the first place; and (2) if DOD would employ a “reverse A-76” to itemize specific costs saved to the taxpayer should the DOD be able to perform the commercial activity more efficiently for the taxpayer.

17)      Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) Amendment #61 – Amendment limits the use of funds for implementing the New START treaty until certification that the Russian Federation is respecting Ukrainian sovereignty and is no longer violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty or the treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).

21)      Reps. Schiff (D-CA) and Garamendi (D-CA) Amendment #262 – Amendment sunsets the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) effective 12 months from date of enactment of the bill.

24)      Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR) Amendment #221 – Amendment requires CBO to update, on an annual basis, their report on the projected costs of U.S. nuclear forces.

26)      Reps. Brooks (R-AL) and Rogers (R-MI) Amendment #164 – Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that defense funding should be spent on defense purposes. Fences 50% of funding for National Ignition Facility until the Administrator for Nuclear Security certifies that none of the funds authorized by this Act will be used to subsidize, support, or otherwise contribute to clean fusion energy research and development.

28)      Rep. Hastings (R-WA) Amendment #126 – Amendment restores $20 million of the proposed cut to defense environmental cleanup.

134)    Rep. Shimkus (R-IL) Amendment #315 – Amendment honors the victims of the Russian Soviet and Nazi regimes and supports the designation of a “Black Ribbon Day.”

145)    Rep. Turner (R-OH) Amendment #16 – Amendment limits availability of funds for removal or consolidation of dual-capable aircraft from Europe.

The amendeents below will be considered in the following series:

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2)         Rep. Gosar (R-AZ) Amendment #28 – Amendment requires the Department to comply with Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans for ‘off-installation’ natural resources projects to ensure state involvement and consultation.

3)         Reps. Welch (D-VT) and Gardner (R-CO) Amendment #211 – Amendment encourages the Air Force to consider identified energy efficiency improvements in a timely and comprehensive manner.

5)         Reps. Lamborn (R-CO), Forbes (R-VA), and Fleming (R-LA) Amendment #276 – Amendment requires the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force to revise their current regulations on religious freedom.

12)      Reps. Cleaver (D-MO), Butterfield (D-NC), Clarke (D-NY), Clay (D-MO), Graves (R-MO), Hartzler (R-MO), Jackson Lee (D-TX), Moore (D-WI), Norton (D-DC), Poe (R-TX), and Yoder (R-KS) Amendment #79 – Amendment redesignates Pershing Park in Washington, DC as the “National World War I Memorial” and will designate the Liberty Memorial at America’s National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the “National World War I Museum and Memorial.” Also amends the originating commission bill (PL 112-272) to include adding ex-officio members detailed from relevant agencies to provide in kind support for the commission and to allow the Commission that is wholly funded by privately raised dollars to pay their executive director a higher salary.

16)      Rep. Runyan (R-NJ) Amendment #9 – Amendment states that whenever 2 or more bases are formed into a DOD Joint Installation, if there are different locality pay areas, then all installation wage grade employees will be paid at the higher locality pay area rate. This amendment applies to any DOD Joint Installation created as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Round.

18)      Reps. Turner (R-OH), Lamborn (R-CO), Kinzinger (R-IL), Keating (D-MA), and Engel (D-NY) Amendment #50 – Amendment expresses a sense of Congress recognizing the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as ongoing enlargement initiatives. Amendment also expresses the United States’ continued support for our European allies.

19)      Rep. Hunter (R-CA) Amendment #22 – Amendment expresses the sense of Congress that the persons and organizations who carried out the attacks on the United States personnel in Benghazi, Libya on Sept 11 and 12, 2012 continue to pose a security threat to the United States and uncertainty regarding the authority of the President to use force to this end undermines his position as Commander-in-Chief.  Further, it requires the President to submit a report including the identity and location of those who were involved in the attack, actions that have been taken to kill or capture them, and determination regarding whether the President has the authority to use force against the perpetrators.

20)      Rep. Rigell (R-VA) Amendment #173 – Amendment reaffirms Congress’ constitutional war powers by clearly stating that nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize any use of military force.

22)      Reps. Jackson Lee (D-TX), Lee (D-CA), and Wilson (D-FL) Amendment #65 – Amendment requires a report to Congress on crimes against humanity in Nigeria committed by Boko Haram.

23)      Reps. Daines (R-MT), Cramer (R-ND), Fleming (R-LA), Hartzler (R-MO), Lamborn (R-CO), and Lummis (R-WY) Amendment #77 – Amendment contains findings of the importance of the nuclear triad and a statement of policy reaffirming the value of nuclear capabilities in maintaining a strong national defense.

32)      Rep. Rigell (R-VA) Amendment #172 – Amendment authorizes the DOD and NASA to execute an agreement for environmental cleanup attributable to the activities of DOD at the time the property was utilized by the Navy in the area constituting the former Naval Air Station Chincoteague, Virginia.

33)      Reps. Kilmer (D-WA), Cole (R-OK) Amendment #73 – Amendment prohibits non-disciplinary furloughs of a DOD civilian employee whose performance is charged to a working capital fund, unless 1) there are inadequate working funds to support the workforce or 2) the Secretary certifies that none of the work that would have been performed by those furloughed would be shifted to other DOD civilian employees, contractors, or members of the Armed Forces.

60)      Rep. Smith (D-WA) Amendment #120 – Amendment provides the Secretary of the Army the authority to move the remains of member of the armed forces who has no known next of kin and is buried in an Army National Military Cemetery to another Army National Cemetery, or, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, from the National Cemetery System to an Army National Military Cemetery.

72)         Rep. Speier (D-CA) Amendment #184 – Amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to implement the recommendations of the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee to prioritize prevention and increase the study of chemical and physical factors in breast cancer.

82)         Rep. Speier (D-CA) Amendment #183 – Amendment allows women-owned small businesses to receive sole-source contracts under the same terms as other small business contracting programs and accelerates the disparity study to assess industries in the women-owned small business procurement program.

86)         Rep. Speier (D-CA) Amendment #182 – Amendment requires the public release of any IG reports that find misconduct for senior executive service (SES) officials, political appointees, and general and flag officers that rank O-6 or higher level.

100)    Rep. Turner (R-OH) Amendment #83 – Amendment clarifies that the memorandum of understanding extends to those additional test ranges not initially selected by the Administration if such range enters into a partnership or agreement with a selected test range.

113)    Rep. Kilmer (D-WA), Forbes (R-VA) Amendment #70 – Amendment reauthorizes overtime for navy civilian employees who perform nuclear maintenance for the forward deployed aircraft carrier in Japan for one year.

147)    Reps. Polis (D-CO) and Nadler (D-NY) Amendment #278 – Amendment urges the Secretary of Defense to conduct successful operationally realistic tests before purchasing additional ground-based missile defense interceptors.

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14)      Rep. Kildee (D-MI) Amendment #243 – Amendment allocates $10 million to develop additional financial literacy training programs for incoming and transitioning service members, which would be funded by offsetting the $15.1 billion shipbuilding account and a $902.2 million nuclear weapons refurbishment account.

25)      Rep. Rogers (R-AL) Amendment #213 – Amendment provides the Secretary of the Air Force the authority to enter into contracts for life-of-type procurements for commercial off-the-shelf parts for the intercontinental ballistic missile fuze.

29)      Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) Amendment #259 – Amendment facilitates the transfer of a portion of the U.S. Air Force Norwalk Defense Fuel Supply Point, also known as the Norwalk Tank Farm, to the City of Norwalk.  If enacted, it would allow 15 acres of the 51 acre area to be designated for public purposes and transferred to the City of Norwalk.

30)      Rep. Young (R-AK) Amendment #116 – Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the Secretary of the Air Force should place emphasis on strategically significant criteria when basing the OCONUS F-35A, which includes access to sufficient range capabilities and space for training, the ability to robustly train with our international partners, the presence of existing facilities to support operations, limited encroachment, and the minimization of costs.

31)      Reps. McKinley (R-WV), Napolitano (D-CA) Amendment #20 – Amendment increases the National Guard Youth Challenge Program under Civil Military Programs by $55 million and decrease by the same amount the Office of the Secretary of Defense- Operations and Maintenance.

34)      Rep. Bishop (R-UT) Amendment #151 – Amendment provides authority to the military services in working with civic organizations to charge the public a nominal fee to attend a military-sponsored Air Show or Open House on military bases, to help off-set the O&M costs the base incurs during these times of defense sequester reductions.

35)      Reps. Swalwell (D-CA), Meehan (R-PA) Amendment #287 – Amendment requires the Department of Defense to allow military musical units to accept assistance from private entities for the benefit of said units.

36)      Rep. Conaway (R-TX) Amendment #174 – Amendment allows general and flag officer chaplains to be eligible for retirement deferment.

37)      Reps. Griffith (R-VA), Ellison (D-MN) Amendment #131 – Amendment requires DOD to fulfill former Sec. Gates’ Efficiency Initiative relating to the number of general and flag officers by reducing approximately 33 positions through attrition by the end of 2015.

38)      Rep. McKinley (R-WV) Amendment #59 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to establish an electronic tour calculator so that reservists could keep track of aggregated active duty tours of 90 days or more served within a fiscal year. For each active duty tour totaling 90 days served ‘inside’ a FY, a reservist who subsequently qualifies for a reserve retirement (at age 60) may credit such tours towards early retirement – the language would require DoD to produce a tour calculator so that reservists can keep track of what ‘counts’ and what doesn’t.

39)      Reps. Israel (D-NY), Hanna (R-NY) Amendment #160 – Amendment requires a report on the progress made to establish Army National Guard Cyber Protection Teams.

43)      Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #102 – Amendment reinserts section 1032 of the introduced version, which states: “personal property retained as evidence in connection with an incident of sexual assault involving a member of the Armed Forces may be returned to the rightful owner of such property after the conclusion of all legal, adverse action, and administrative proceedings related to such incident.”

68)         Reps. Israel (D-NY) and King (R-NY) Amendment #162 – Amendment expresses the sense of Congress in support of public private partnerships to enhance DOD efforts on mental health care for servicemembers.

81)         Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #96 – Amendment prohibits DOD from contracting with persons convicted of fraudulent use of “Made in America” labels. Also requires debarment of the offending entities (a national security waiver exception being made available to the Secretary).

97)      Rep. Young (R-AK) Amendment #117 – Amendment requires the U.S. Air Force to conduct a business case analysis for the creation of a personnel-only active-association the 168th Air Refueling Wing.

105)    Rep. Rogers (R-AL) Amendment #212 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence to provide a notification if telecommunications companies with close ties to foreign governments are determined to have access to (or attempting to have access to) critical infrastructure of US military or intelligence facilities.

122)    Rep. Rogers (R-AL) Amendment #136 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress that Ukraine should close off its defense industries that currently provide critical capability to Russia for its nuclear forces.

140)    Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #130 – Amendment updates the Space Protection Strategy required by the 2008 NDAA, to include the period of 2026 through 2030.

143)    Rep. Rogers (R-AL) Amendment #214 – Amendment modifies an existing statutory reporting requirement to require certain officials to report on their ability to meet operational availability requirements for delivery platforms for nuclear weapons.

144)    Rep. Rogers (R-AL) Amendment #215 – Amendment requires the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command to provide copied of the prior year’s Strategic Advisory Group reports to the congressional defense committees 30 days after the budget has been submitted.

146)    Reps. Israel (D-NY) and Hanna (R-NY) Amendment #161 – Amendment expresses the sense of Congress in support of the National Guard’s role in defending the US from cyber attacks.

148)    Reps. Brooks (R-AL), Rogers (R-MI), and Turner (R-OH) Amendment #165 – Amendment requires a Plan to Counter Certain Ground-launched Ballistic Missiles and Cruise Missiles and for other purposes.

161)    Rep. Kildee (D-MI) Amendment #244 – Amendment allocates $20 million for a private study to identify challenges confronting the DoD’s care of wounded warriors and offer recommendations to improve it, which would be funded by offsetting the $15.1 billion shipbuilding account and a $902.2 million nuclear weapons refurbishment account.     

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40)      Reps. Coffman (R-CO), Walz (D-MN) Amendment #34 – Amendment enhances the participation of mental health professionals in boards for the correction of military records and boards for the review of the discharge or dismissal of members of the Armed Forces.

42)      Reps. Thompson (R-PA), Ryan (D-OH) Amendment #148 – Amendment requires a baseline mental health assessment before any individual joins the military, in order to bring mental health to parity with physical health during recruitment screenings. Ensures it cannot be used during promotion or assignment consideration, and requires a report with recommendations from NIMH and other relevant experts identifying best practices for the assessment.

44)      Rep. Velazquez (D-NY) Amendment #152 – Amendment requires each branch of the military to develop an anonymous phone tip-line for reporting incidents of hazing.

45)      Reps. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Bishop (D-GA) Amendment #150 – Amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress evaluating the progress of the Military Spouse Employment Program (MSEP) in reducing military spouse unemployment, reducing the wage gap between military spouses and their civilian counterparts, and addressing the underemployment of military spouses.

46)      Rep. McNerney (D-CA) Amendment #224 – Amendment directs the DoD Secretary to consider how employment agencies will work with state and county VA offices and state National Guard offices when establishing requirements for a new employment pilot program for recently separated service members.

47)      Reps. Cook (R-CA), Takano (D-CA) Amendment #297 – Amendment creates a blueprint for a direct hire jobs placement program benefitting the National Guard and Reserves. It allows states to implement a process that has already met success in achieving a 25% reduction in unemployment in the California National Guard.

48)      Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) Amendment #62 – Amendment modifies some authorities for the Air Force Academy Athletic Cooperation to bring them in line with similar authorities previously provided to the Naval Academy Athletic Association.

49)      Reps. Bonamici (D-OR), Walden (R-OR) Amendment #274 – Amendment requires the Secretary of the Army to evaluate potential cost savings and potential effects on the National Guard’s recruitment efforts of the requirement, effective January 1, 2014, that all service members wait one year after training before becoming eligible for the Army’s tuition assistance program.

50)      Rep. Maloney, Sean (D-NY) Amendment #179 – Amendment increases the authorization for Impact Aid by one additional year.

51)      Reps. Gerlach (R-PA), Fattah (D-PA), Fudge (D-OH), Bachus (R-AL), Cotton (R-AR), Thompson (D-MS) Amendment #132 – Amendment recognizes the Wereth massacre of 11 African-American soldiers of the U.S. Army during the Battle of the Bulge, December 17, 1944.

52)      Rep. Bustos (D-IL) Amendment #46 – Amendment asks the Secretary of the Army to review and provide a report on the Medal of Honor nomination of Captain William L. Albracht.

53)      Rep. Chu (D-CA) Amendment #316 – Amendment requests updated reporting information from each branch of the military regarding their methods for tracking, reporting, and preventing hazing, as well as a detailed military hazing report from GAO.

54)      Reps. Langevin (D-RI), Davis (D-CA) Amendment #288 – Amendment requires National Institute of Mental Health to study of risk and resiliency of United States Special Operations Forces and effectiveness of Preservation of the Force and Families Program

55)      Reps. LaMalfa (R-CA), Huffman (D-CA), Garamendi (D-CA) Amendment #47 – Amendment clarifies jurisdictional confusion between VA field offices when cases are brokered out from the office of origination, ensuring that VA offices may continue to update congressional staff on constituents’ cases.

56)      Rep. Walberg (R-MI) Amendment #139 – Amendment requires the Department to implement a pilot program to provide certain contact information for separating service members to state veterans affairs departments.

58)      Rep. Bishop (D-NY) Amendment #119 – Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the remains of three crewmen of the Martin Mariner PBM-5 seaplane George One, ensign Maxwell Lopez, USN, Naval Aviator, Frederick Williams, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class, Wendell Henderson, Aviation Radioman 1st Class, should be recovered from Thurston Island, Antarctica.

59)      Rep. Farr (D-CA) Amendment #29 – Amendment designates the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic to be constructed in Marina, California, as the “Major General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic”.

130)    Rep. Kelly (R-PA) Amendment #30 – Amendment prohibits funds from being used to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty unless the treaty has received the advice and consent of the Senate and has been the subject of implementing legislation by the Congress.

133)    Rep. Kelly (R-PA) Amendment #272 – Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress in opposition to France’s impending sale of two Mistral class warships to Russia.

139)    Reps. Walberg (R-MI) and Cohen (D-TN) Amendment #284 – Amendment prohibits any new funds for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund until previously appropriated funds have been fully expended.

141)    Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) Amendment #60 – Amendment limits funding for certain exchanges with Russia until the President certifies that all appropriate individuals have been listed under the Magnitsky Act. Amendment requires an unclassified intelligence assessment of the corruption of senior Russian leaders.

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41)      Reps. Duckworth (D-IL), Noem (R-SD), Coffman (R-CO), Tsongas (D-MA) Amendment #240 – Amendment expands maternity leave for the active duty Service Members by an unpaid 6 weeks to be in line with the Family Medical Leave Act, while allowing commanders the discretion to call Service Members back to duty at any given time to maintain unit readiness.

61)         Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL) Amendment #15 – Amendment allows for the transportation on military aircraft on a space available basis for disabled veterans with a service connected permanent disability rated as total.

62)         Rep. Ross (R-FL) Amendment #122 – Amendment prohibits the Department of Defense from using funds to close commissary stores.

63)         Reps. Hanna (R-NY) and Maloney, Sean (D-NY) Amendment #7 – Amendment allows memorial headstone or grave markers to be made available for purchase by Guard or Reserve members who served for at least six years, at no cost to the government. Further clarifies that this does not allow for any new veteran benefits and does not authorize any new burial benefit or create any new authority for an individual to be buried in a national cemetery.

64)         Rep. Capps (D-CA) Amendment #57 – Amendment makes available breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling under the TRICARE program.

66)         Rep. Ellmers (R-NC) Amendment #302 – Amendment corrects the lack of timely and efficient notification of changes to TRICARE coverage by requiring the Secretary of Defense to notify all affected providers and beneficiaries of any significant change made by TRICARE via electronic means no less than 90 days before the change is to take place.

69)         Rep. Murphy (D-FL) Amendment #82 – Amendment improves DOD mental health and suicide prevention programs by coordination with VA and integration of care through an annual evaluation by an independent third party.

70)         Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ) Amendment #80 – Amendment directs the peer reviewed Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program to conduct a study on blast injury and its correlation to traumatic brain injury.

71)        Rep. Sanchez, Loretta (D-CA) Amendment #159 – Amendment requires a report on what steps the Department is taking to ensure military personnel and their families have access to reproductive counseling and treatments for infertility, including in vitro fertilization.

73)         Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC) Amendment #269 – Amendment maximizes competition in design build contracts.

74)         Rep. Connolly (D-VA) Amendment #204 – Amendment amends section 4202 of the Clinger Cohen Act of 1996 to make the authority to use simplified acquisition procedures for certain commercial items permanent.

75)         Reps. Meng (D-NY) and Walberg (R-MI) Amendment #250 – Amendment requires GAO to conduct a study on the effects of the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative on small businesses. An agency’s justification of a strategic sourcing solicitation shall be published prior to the issuance of a solicitation.

76)         Rep. Hanna (R-NY) Amendment #2 – Amendment requires non-corporate sureties to pledge specific and secure assets as required from others providing collateral to the federal government, and requires those assets be held by a government entity to ensure payments can be made in the event they are needed.

110)    Rep. Meng (D-NY) Amendment #313 – Amendment requires a regional office to carry out certain steps if it doesn’t meet the 125 day goal of backlog claims; and requires the Under Secretary for Benefits to explain how the failure of the regional office to meet the goal affected the performance evaluation of the director of the regional office.

112)    Rep. Connolly (D-VA) Amendment #206 – Amendment extends part-time reemployment authority under both CSRS and FERS by 5 years.

125)    Reps. Connolly (D-VA), Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Sires (D-NJ), and Carter (R-TX) Amendment #208 – Amendment directs the President to sell F-16 C/D aircraft to Taiwan to modernize its air fleet, 70% of which is scheduled to be retired within the next decade.

138)    Reps. Mulvaney (R-SC) and Murphy (D-FL) Amendment #307 – Amendment codifies criteria developed by OMB in 2010 to clarify when military spending should be designated as contingency operations and properly be part of the Overseas Contingency Operation budget.

156)    Del. Pierluisi (D-PR) Amendment #51 – Amendment modifies a statutory prohibition on federally-funded environmental cleanup of certain property on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico to enable DoD to remove unexploded ordnance resulting from former DoD training activities and posing a public safety risk.

157)    Reps. Connolly (D-VA) and Issa (R-CA) Amendment #205 – Amends titles 40, 41, and 44, United States Code, to eliminate duplication and waste in Federal information technology acquisition and management.

160)    Rep. Connolly (D-VA) Amendment #321 – Amendment prohibits funds from being used to integrate missile defense systems of the Russian Federation into the missile defense systems of the U.S. if such integration undermines the security of the U.S. or NATO, mirroring a prohibition in Sec. 1250 of the base text relating to the integration of Chinese missile defense systems.

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77)         Reps. Graves (R-MO) and Duckworth (D-IL) Amendment #56 – Amendment encourages federal contracts be structured in a manner that permits small businesses to compete.  Amendment also raises the small business prime contracting goal from 23% to 25% and by establishing a subcontracting goal of 40% rather than relying on the administrative goal of 35.9%.

78)         Rep. Cárdenas (D-CA) Amendment #271 – Amendment establishes an outreach and education program to educate small businesses contracted by the Department of Defense on cyber threats and develop plans to protect intellectual property and their networks.

79)         Reps. Collins (R-NY) and Kilmer (D-WA) Amendment #69 – Amendment accelerates the commercialization of federally-funded research and technologies by establishing a grant program for participating STTR agencies to support proof-of-concept research and other innovative technology transfer activities at universities, research institutes, and federal laboratories.

80)         Rep. Poe (R-TX) Amendment #138 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress urging the Secretary of Defense to make a reasonable effort to make certain military equipment returning from abroad (that he determines to be excess) available to State, Federal, and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of strengthening border security along the international border between the United States and Mexico.

83)         Rep. Thompson (D-CA) Amendment #223 – Amendment adds American Flags to the list of items covered by the Berry Amendment.

84)         Rep. Fortenberry (R-NE) Amendment #317 – Amendment requires report as to how the Department will manage its mission related to nuclear forces, deterrence, nonproliferation, and terrorism.

85)         Rep. Nugent (R-FL) Amendment #237 – Amendment provides statutory authority to implement the Secretary of Defense’s recommendations to reorganize the personnel accounting community of the department. This amendment will reduce duplication of effort between the existing Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) and the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC).

87)         Reps. Burgess (R-TX) and Lee (D-CA) Amendment #72 – Amendment requires a report ranking all military departments and Defense Agencies in order of how advanced they are in achieving auditable financial statements as required by law.

88)         Rep. Takano (D-CA) Amendment #280 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress, no later than 30 days after enactment of this law, on the barriers to implementing audit reporting requirements and recommendations to ensure reporting deadlines are met.

89)         Rep. Miller (R-FL) Amendment #291 – Amendment prohibits the use of funds for the Navy’s permitting activities under the Sunken Military Craft Act for one year.

90)         Rep. Ross (R-FL) Amendment #121 – Amendment prohibits the Department of Defense from using taxpayer funds to provide additional or upgraded recreational facilities for detainees at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

91)      Rep. Bridenstine (R-OK) Amendment #87 – Amendment amends Section 1045 to provide the Secretary of Defense more flexibility to meet the Aviation Foreign Internal Defense certification requirement.

98)      Rep. Braley (D-IA) Amendment #17 – Amendment directs the President to submit to Congress a report on the long-term costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

107)    Rep. Butterfield (D-NC) Amendment #6 – Amendment expands the types of documentation accepted by the federal government when a very small group of mariners that operated tugboats and barges domestically during World War II apply for veterans’ status. Qualifying Merchant Mariners, who can prove service through expanded acceptable documentation, would receive only burial benefits and the honor of being recognized by their country for their sacrifice and service.

108)    Rep. Lewis (D-GA) Amendment #235 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense — in consultation with the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis — to post to cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to each American taxpayer on the Department of Defense’s website.

109)    Rep. Lynch (D-MA), Boustany (R-LA) Amendment #48 – Amendment calls for the observation of two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history of the United States.

111)    Rep. Schiff (D-CA) Amendment #306 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress amendment endorsing the inclusion on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of the 74 sailors lost aboard the USS Frank E. Evans in 1969.

116)    Rep. Poe (R-TX) Amendment #90 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to provide for the conduct of an independent assessment of U.S. efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda, including its affiliates groups, associated groups, and adherents since May 2, 2011.

135)    Rep. Bridenstine (R-OK) Amendment #88 – Amendment requires Secretary of Defense to report on implications of Caspian Sea-based energy resources and distribution networks for U.S. and NATO energy security strategies.

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92)      Rep. Nunes (R-CA) Amendment #156 – Amendment continues the use of Lajes Field (Air Force Base) in the Azores, Portugal until the completion of the European Infrastructure Consolidation Assessment and adds additional study requirement to the Assessment that will consolidate forces and reduce the deficit.

93)      Rep. Sessions (R-TX) Amendment #203 – Amendment allows the Secretary of the Army to implement previously approved engineering change proposals on OH-58D Kiowa Helicopters in a manner that ensures the safety and survivability of the crews.

94)      Rep. Broun (R-GA), Yoho (R-FL) Amendment #218 – Amendment prohibits any officer, employee, detailee, or contractor of the Department of Defense from using a drone to kill a citizen of the United States, with the exception of an individual who is actively engaged in combat against the United States.

95)      Rep. Palazzo (R-MS) Amendment #232 – Amendment expresses the concerns of congress as it relates to tactical airlift following the withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan and requires a report on the 5 year plan for tactical airlift laydown prior to any permanent force structure changes of tactical airlift.

96)      Rep. Schweikert (R-AZ) Amendment #299 – Amendment directs the Director of TARDEC to provide a report back to the Congressional Defense Committees addressing thermal injury prevention needs to improve occupant centric survivability systems for combat and tactical vehicles against over matching ballistic threats.

99)      Rep. Cole (R-OK) Amendment #32 – Amendment includes the DHS Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) program, or other activities of similar nature conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, as user of DoD airspace (in addition to MOU’s the HASC has included for the 6 selected FAA sites). The RAPS project provides for the test and evaluation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) for potential use by the first responder community and DHS operational components.

101)    Rep. Gibson (R-NY) Amendment #85 – Amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to do a comprehensive search to determine which ships operated near Vietnam in the Vietnam Era. Also requires the Secretary of Defense to report the information to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who would then provide publicly accessible information on such data.

102)    Reps. Latta (R-OH), Campbell (R-CA), Schiff (D-CA), Michaud (D-ME) Amendment #225 – Amendment recognizes the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy, France.

103)    Reps. Posey (R-FL), Nugent (R-FL) Amendment #78 – Amendment allows the Department of Defense, at the discretion of the Secretary, to transport goods supplied by nonprofit organizations to members of the Armed Forces serving overseas, as they have been authorized to do for foreign nationals since 1985.

104)    Reps. Posey (R-FL), Miller (R-FL) Amendment #123 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress that the Air Force should assess feasibility, costs, savings, and readiness implications of utilizing contractor-owned and operated very light jet aircraft for interim flight instruction until permanent replacement enters service.

115)    Rep. Cicilline (D-RI) Amendment #49 – Amendment asks that the “Plan for Sustaining the Afghanistan National Security Forces” through FY18 also include a description of efforts to engage United States manufacturers in procurement opportunities related to equipping the ANSF.

118)    Rep. Davis (D-CA) Amendment #194 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress on the importance of women in ensuring the future success of nation of Afghanistan.

119)    Rep. Johnson (D-GA) Amendment #52 – Amendment prevents the establishment of permanent U.S. Military bases in Afghanistan.

120)    Rep. Nolan (D-MN) Amendment #301 – Amendment provides auditing and inspecting guidelines for new construction projects in Afghanistan in excess of $500,000 that cannot be physically inspected by authorized civilian personnel.

121)    Reps. Tsongas (D-MA), Keating (D-MA), Bustos (D-IL), and Roby (R-AL) Amendment #133 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress that women should be included in conflict resolution and a statement of United States policy that the United States supports efforts promoting the security of Afghan women and girls during the transition process and requires a DoD report on efforts to support the security of Afghan women and girls.

123)    Reps. DeLauro (D-CT), Granger (R-TX), Ellison (D-MN), Connolly (D-VA), and Huizenga (R-MI) Amendment #201 – Amendment prohibits the Department of Defense from entering into a contract or subcontract with Russia’s state-arms dealer Rosoboronexport unless the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence, certifies that the firm ceased transferring weapons to Syria, Russia pulled out of Crimea, Russian forces have withdrawn from the eastern border of Ukraine, and that Russia is not otherwise actively destabilizing Ukraine. Amendment requires that the certification would be reviewed by the Defense Department Inspector General.

124)    Rep. Engel (D-NY) Amendment #114 – Amendment establishes a U.S. policy of opposing transfers of “defense articles and services” (defined in the Arms Export Control Act) to Russia by any NATO member country, during any period when Russia occupies the territory of Ukraine or a NATO member country. Amendment also provides that if a NATO member country transfers defense articles or services to Russia contrary to U.S. policy, the U.S. would impose a “presumption of denial” for applications for transfer of U.S.-origin defense articles and services to that NATO country.

128)    Rep. Gibson (R-NY) and Garamendi (D-CA) Amendment #38 – Amendment states that nothing in the FY15 NDAA shall be construed as authorizing the use of force against Syria or Iran.

136)    Rep. Engel (D-NY) Amendment #86 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to report on activities of the Department of Defense in regards to protecting cultural property abroad.

155)    Rep. Larsen (D-WA) Amendment #191 – Amendment requires the creation of an interagency plan for verification and monitoring relating to the potential proliferation of nuclear weapons and fissile material.

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57)      Rep. Gingrey (R-GA) Amendment #195 – Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that active military personnel that are either live in or are stationed in Washington, DC would be exempt from existing District of Columbia firearms restrictions

65)         Reps. Larson (D-CT) and Rooney (R-FL) Amendment #143 – Amendment ensures access to behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis, under TRICARE for children with developmental disabilities, when prescribed by a physician or psychologist.

67)         Rep. Jones (R-NC) Amendment #18 – Amendment expresses a sense of Congress on the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.

106)    Rep. Whitfield (R-KY), Polis (D-CO), Perlmutter (D-CO) Amendment # 220 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress that the President should establish and appoint an advisory board on toxic substances and worker health responsible for overseeing a portion of the original EEOICPA legislation known as “Part E.”

114)    Rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA) Amendment #106 – Amendment expands the certification requirement on reimbursements to Pakistan to include human rights concerns.

117)    Rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA) Amendment #107 – Amendment expresses a sense of the Congress that Dr. Shakil Afridi is an international hero and is owed a debt of gratitude for helping to find Osama bin Laden.

126)    Rep. Ros Lehtinen (R-FL) Amendment #245 – Amendment authorizes the Secretary of Defense to deploy assets, personnel and resources to the Joint Interagency Task Force South, in coordination with SOUTHCOM, to combat transnational criminal organization and drug trafficking.

127)    Rep. Ros Lehtinen (R-FL) Amendment #246 – Amendment establishes that it shall be the policy of the United States to undertake a whole-of-government approach to bolster regional cooperation with countries throughout the Western Hemisphere to counter narcotics trafficking and illicit activities.

129)    Rep. Gosar (R-AZ) Amendment #24 – Amendment expresses Congress’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense against regional threats.

131)    Reps. Roskam (R-IL) and Walorski (R-IN) Amendment #5 – Amendment requires the President to submit to the appropriate committees every 180 days a report that identifies that the United States has taken all necessary steps to ensure that Israel possesses and maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests.

132)    Rep. Franks (R-AZ) Amendment #93 – Amendment establishes the Sense of Congress that the United States work with regional partners and allies to develop an interagency strategy counter the vicious terror attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram

137)    Rep. Kelly (D-IL) Amendment #219 – Amendment requires a report, not later than 90 days of the enactment, the Secretary of Defense in consultation with Secretary of State shall submit a report to Congress on the efforts to assist in the search and rescue of the young women who were abducted from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram

142)    Reps. Pompeo (R-KS) and Carney (D-DE) Amendment #187 – Amendment requires the Director of National Intelligence to certify that the recommendations of the report required under Section 933 of the FY 2014 NDAA are consistent with the cyber operations capability needs of the United States before implementing any changes recommended by the study.        

149)    Rep. Foster (D-IL) Amendment #252 – Amendment requires the Institute for Defense Analyses to study the testing program of the ground based midcourse missile defense system. The Institute for Defense Analyses would be required to produce a report on the effectiveness of the testing program and recommendations for how it can be improved.

150)    Del. Sablan (D-MP) Amendment #84 – Amendment broadens the geographical scope of the existing authorization relating to Saipan for the construction of a maintenance facility, a hazardous cargo pad, or an airport storage facility so that funding would be immediately available for either of the alternative locations now under consideration

151)    Reps. Castor (D-FL) and Nugent (R-FL) Amendment #286 – Amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a report for Congress on the prevalence of black mold in buildings located on military bases. Provides that after the report is complete, buildings found to contain black mold should be added to the appropriate priority list at DoD to replace the building or conduct renovations.

152)    Del. Bordallo (D-GU) Amendment #129 – Amendment allows the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement for the purposes of establishing a surface danger zone over the Ritidian Unit of the Guam National Wildlife Refuge to support training, operations and readiness needs for ground forces on Guam pursuant to the readiness requirements of U.S. Pacific Command.

153)    Rep. Hastings (R-WA) Amendment #103 – Amendment ensures public access at Rattlesnake Mountain in the Hanford Reach National Monument, which is land owned by the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management and managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

154)    Rep. Hastings (R-WA) Amendment #31 – Amendment prevents further studies that involve bringing plutonium into the State of Washington at a time when the federal government isn’t meeting its existing legally enforceable defense nuclear waste cleanup commitments to the State.

158)    Reps. Graves (R-MO), Rahall (D-WV), Walz (D-MN), Meadows (R-NC), Miller (R-MI), Perry (R-PA), and Barr (R-KY) Amendment #200 – Amendment establishes the National Commission on the Future of the Army to undertake a comprehensive study of the structure of the Total Army to determine: (1) the necessary size (2) the proper force mixture of the active component and reserve component (3) missions (4) force generation policies, including assumptions behind those policies (5) and how the structure should be modified to best fulfill mission requirements in a manner consistent with available resources.

159)    Rep. Franks (R-AZ) Amendment #45 – Amendment increases the amount authorized for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, line 30, by $99,000,000 and decreases two other lines equaling $99,000,000.

162)    Rep. Young (R-IN) Amendment #303 – Amendment provides Section 330 indemnification to military installations, still under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense, to facilities closed other than pursuant to base closure law.

The following amendments will no longer be offered:

7)         Rep. Walz (D-MN) Amendment #140 – Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct an audit of the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy office of the Department of Defense by the end of 2016 and expresses the Sense of Congress that a full audit of the entire Department of Defense should be completed by the end of 2017.

27)      Rep. Lujan (D-NM) Amendment #255 – Authorizes Directors of National Laboratories to waive indirect costs for research and development grants from Foundations or non-profit organizations up to a total not to exceed one half of one percent of the total budget of the National Laboratory for which the director is head.  Amendment also requires that the director to determine that the research and development supported pursuant to this grant exercises capabilities that support the science, technology, energy, environmental, or national security mission of the Department of Energy or the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Additional Information

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