On Tuesday, May 17, 2015, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, under a rule. The bill was introduced on April 12, 2016 by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, on April 28, 2016 by a vote 60 to 2.
H.R. 4909 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill authorizes $543.4 billion in base funding, an additional $23.1 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO) for base requirements, and an additional $35.7 billion in the OCO fund to cover contingency operations through April 2017. When factoring in $8.3 billion for mandatory defense spending, a total of $610.5 billion is authorized to be appropriated, which is equal to the President’s overall budget request.
A summary of the Chairman’s mark of H.R. 4909 provided by the House Armed Services Committee can be found here. Significant provisions of the legislation include:
Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) – H.R. 4909 authorizes $58.8 billion for OCO, of which $23 billion is authorized to support base budget requirements. The remaining $35.7 billion will support contingency operations at the current operational tempo until April 2017. These authorizations support, but are not limited to, current operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); enhanced security and military capabilities for countries in the region to include Jordan, a key member of the coalition against ISIL; increased assistance and sustainment to the military and national security forces of Ukraine to deter Russian aggression; reassurance and support for our allies and partners; and continued support for the Afghanistan National Security Forces to support stability and security in Afghanistan.
Reforming the Department of Defense – The committee believes that reform of the DoD is necessary to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the defense enterprise. This is necessary to improve the military’s agility and the speed at which it can adapt and respond to the unprecedented technological challenges faced by the Nation. The bill reflects five major reform initiatives undertaken by the committee including acquisition reform, healthcare reform, commissary reform, military justice reform, and Goldwater-Nichols reform.
Acquisition Reform – The bill requires major defense acquisition programs to be designed with modular, open-system approaches that enable weapon system components to be easily upgraded as technology and threats evolve. The bill authorizes the military services, rather than specifying projects two years beforehand through the traditional budget process, to budget flexible funds to experiment with and rapidly field emerging technologies. H.R. 4909 aligns intellectual property rights to an open-system approach, and requires the Secretary to establish cost and fielding targets at a program’s inception. Finally, milestone decision authority for joint programs would be delegated to the military services after January 1, 2019, while independent assessment of technical readiness and cost would inform a new “acquisition scorecard” to improve transparency.
Healthcare Reform – The committee examined the Military Health System and identified three areas to focus reform: the Military Health System structure; medical readiness; and the TRICARE benefit. H.R. 4909 eliminates referrals for urgent care, adopts the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services core quality metrics so beneficiaries can compare and review performance, and simplifies TRICARE options by offering Tricare Prime (a managed care option) and Tricare Preferred (a no-referral network option.
Commissary Reform – H.R. 4909 authorizes the Secretary to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy across the defense resale system and the Defense Commissary Agency. The objective would be to reduce reliance of the system on appropriated funds without reducing the benefits to the patrons of the system. Commissaries would be able to use flexible product pricing, while ensuring that the level of savings to commissary patrons is consistent with the current level of savings.
Military Justice Reform – The bill includes the first comprehensive reform of the Uniform Code of Military Justice in decades. The provisions include recommendations of the Military Justice Review Group and look to enhance the rights of victims, improve transparency, and modernized the post-trial process. Due to the scope of reform, these provisions would not take effect until two years after enactment. Specifically provisions are included that would clarify the procedures for appointment of individuals to assume the rights of certain victims; create the opportunity for all parties, including victims, to provide additional input on disposition decisions at the preliminary hearing stage; and allow all victims access to records of trial. In addition, provisions are included that would promote fairness by standardizing court-martial panel sizes and the number required to convict or sentence an accused; requiring defense counsel in capital cases to be learned in the law applicable to capital cases; and expanding the types of cases eligible for automatic appeal. Transparency would be enhanced by providing for public access to court documents. Finally, unitary sentencing in favor of offense-based sentencing would be eliminated, a change which will improve visibility over sentencing data.
Goldwater-Nichols Reform – The committee has identified that the United States’ security challenges have become more transregional, multi-domain, and multi-functional, and that the Department of Defense lacks the agility and adaptability necessary to support timely decision-making. The proposals contained in title IX are focused on increasing accountability and oversight, enhancing global synchronization and joint operations, and strengthening strategic thinking and planning.
Resources for Soldiers and their Families – In addition to the reforms listed above, the bill authorizes a fully funded, by-law pay raise for all U.S. service members at 2.1%. In addition, to lessen the stress and strain on the force and their families, the bill halts and reverses the drawdown of military end strength by preserving active duty Army at 480,000, and adding 3,000 Marines, 1,715 sailors, and 4,000 airmen in FY17.
Readiness, Force Structure, and Support to Ongoing Military Operations – The committee recognizes that the current threat environment is placing growing demands on the U.S. Armed Forces, and continues to require the Armed Forces to be called upon to support military operations across the globe.
In the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, deployed U.S. forces are continuing to conduct training and assistance, as well as counterterrorism operations, as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support. In the Republic of Iraq and Syrian Arab Republic, deployed U.S. forces are participating in coalition operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), conducting airstrikes, and providing training and assistance to Iraqi security forces and vetted moderate Syrian opposition forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. forces are also forward-deployed across the Greater Middle East to enable these ongoing military operations; to enhance the defense of regional allies and partners against the ballistic missile, nuclear, and malign military activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and to protect U.S. interests in the region.
On the Continent of Africa, deployed U.S. forces continue to conduct counterterrorism operations and provide training and assistance to partners combating violent extremist organizations. In Europe, U.S. forces and capabilities have been enhanced as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve to deter aggression by the Russian Federation. In Asia, U.S. forces are forward-deployed to reassure allies and partners concerned about the territorial assertiveness by the People’s Republic of China and the nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In Central and South America, U.S. forces are providing key capabilities to detect and interdict illicit trafficking that has added to the instability of the U.S. southern border. Meanwhile, U.S. forces stationed at home are working to maintain force readiness and are defending the homeland.
The Chief of Staff of the Army testified, “Right now the readiness of the United States Army…is not at a level that is appropriate for what the American people would expect to defend them.” The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps testified, “Our deployment-to-swell time ratio continues to exceed the rate that we consider sustainable…The strains on our personnel and our equipment are showing in many areas.” And, the Air Force Secretary testified, “Less than half of our combat forces are ready for…a high-end fight.”
H.R. 4909 includes more than $5 billion in additional funds for ship and aircraft depot maintenance; aviation training and readiness; and facilities sustainment, restoration, and modernization accounts. The bill directs several assessments on plans to rebuild readiness, enhance exercises, and modernize training requirements, and prohibits another round of Base Realignment and Closure in the absence of an accurate end-strength assessment.
The bill funds: 11 addition F-35s and 14 F-18s; three C-130Js, four C-40s, and two V-22 aircraft; and 36 UH-60 Black Hawk and five Apache helicopters. It restores a Carrier Air Wing, funds Navy cruiser modernization, and invests nearly $600 million to address war reserve shortfalls in critical munitions.
H.R. 4909 authorizes additional funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons activities, including critical programs to modernize nuclear weapons stockpile and taking action to address a $3.7 billion backlog of deferred maintenance.
Addressing Emerging Threats and Challenges – H.R. 4909 fully funds $6.7 billion, a $900 million increase, for cyber operations and prioritizes the readiness of the cyber mission forces. The bill provides special procurement authority to facilitate recovery from a cyber attack, as well as increase resiliency for DoD networks, weapon systems, and capabilities.
The bill provides resources for the Grey Eagle, MQ-9 Reaper, and Triton MQ-4 unmanned aerial vehicles, and requires the accelerated development of a new Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System platform.
The committee remains focused on assuring access to space and is concerned about continued reliance on Russian-designed RD-180 rocket engines. The bill authorizes funds for the development of a new American engine to replace the RD-180 by 2019, and provides funds for launch system investments.
H.R. 4909 requires the Department to develop a new missile defeat strategy, including ballistic missile and cruise missile defense. The bill provides $62 million for Israeli missile defense, and requires the Army to develop an acquisition strategy for the replacement of the Patriot radar system.
Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) – The bill carries annual restrictions against transferring detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the United States and building or modifying facilities in the United States for housing detainees. H.R. 4909 also prohibits DoD from using any funds to transfer the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba.
Syria – H.R. 4909 authorizes $250 million to train and equip appropriately vetted, moderate Syrian forces. These funds are required to be disbursed through the reprogramming process to maximize congressional oversight. The Secretary must also certify that there are enough U.S. forces deployed in the region to support the strategy for Syria and a plan to retake and hold the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.
ISIL – As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, as mentioned above, H.R. 4909 extends the authority to train and equip Syrian forces. In addition, it extends the authority to train and equip Iraqi forces, but fences off 25% of the funds until a comprehensive plan in submitted to Congress. In addition, it provides an additional $50 million in stipends and sustainment, exempt from the fence, for Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni tribal security forces that are directly engaged in the campaign for Mosul.
Afghanistan – The committee recognizes the fragile security situation in Afghanistan and the risks associated with reducing U.S. forces to 5,500 by January 1, 2017. H.R. 4909 includes the resources to sustain at least 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through April 2017 to preserve options and provide time for a new President to assess the security environment. In addition, the bill extends key authorities to provide additional resources to strike ISIL in Afghanistan, authorizes unilateral strikes against the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, and provides support for 352,000 Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
A-10 – H.R. 4909 includes a provision that prohibits A-10 aircraft from being retired or placed in storage in FY17. The provision also requires the Air Force to maintain a minimum of 171 A-10 aircraft with appropriate manning levels until further reports are conducted on the F-35 aircraft, and comparison test and evaluation reports that examine the F-35A and A-10C.
Defense Security Cooperation – The Department has placed greater emphasis on security cooperation to include building partner capacity. To address a confusing patchwork of existing authorities, H.R. 4909 creates a single chapter in U.S. Code entitled “Security Cooperation”, which combines certain authorities, while at the same time codifying others and placing them into this new chapter. In addition, the bill repeals or consolidates duplicative reporting requirements, and authorizes $750 million for the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund to provide assistance to foreign security forces.
Additional Areas of Interest – The following additional areas of interest include:
Section 346 limits funding for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy by 15% until the Secretary of Defense establishes and implements a process by which members of the Armed Forces may carry an appropriate firearm on a military installation.
Section 528 requires both male and female United States citizens between the ages of 18 and 26 to register with the Selective Service.
Section 567 prohibits the military from supporting military educational institutions and academies that fly the confederate flag.
Section 1090 requires the Department of Energy to issue a final decision on any application for the authorization to export natural gas not later than 30 days after completing an environmental review or the date of enactment of this Act.
Section 1094 would require that religious organizations that are recipients of or offerors for a Federal Government contract be provided the protections and exemptions for religious organizations under the Civil Rights Act.
Section 2812 prohibits any military installation, not including those installations located outside of the United States, from being used to house unaccompanied alien children.
Section 2864 would delay any finding by the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the Greater Sage Grouse through September 30, 2025, and prohibits the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture from amending any federal resource management plan where a state management plan is already in place.
Section 2865 would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from treating the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 before December 31, 2022.
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The National Defense Authorization Act has historically been the key mechanism through which Congress fulfills one of its primary responsibilities as mandated in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, which grants Congress the power to provide for the common defense; to raise and support an Army; to provide and maintain a Navy; and to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.
H.R. 4909 would authorize appropriations totaling an estimated $610.5 billion for fiscal year 2017 for the military functions of the Department of Defense (DoD), for certain activities of the Department of Energy (DOE), and for other purposes. Further budgetary cost analysis provided by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) can be found here.
An amendment offered by Mr. Sessions of Texas to section 528, which requires selective service registration and conscription requirements for female residents of the United States between the ages of 18 and 26 and requires a study of the Selective Service, will be included in Part A and proposed to be considered adopted.
Amendments in Part B proposed to be made in order include:
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) – This amendment clarifies that the special transfer authorities in section 1702 (Development, prototyping, and deployment of weapon system components or technology) is subject to appropriations.
- Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) – This amendment provides and additional $82.4 million for the Surface-to-Air missile MSE program that mitigates critical shortfall in Army War Reserve requirements. Takes $82.4 million from Atomic Energy Defense Activities, National Nuclear Security Administration, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Material management and minimization account.
- Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) – This amendment reduces the authorization for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program by $17.93 million, the amount identified by the Government Accountability Office as in excess of program need for Fiscal Year 2016, and increases the authorization for Air Force procurement of Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures by $17.93 million to address an unfunded requirement identified by the Air Force.
- Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) – This amendment increases the National Guard Youth Challenge Program under Civil Military Programs by $15 million and decreases by the same amount Operations and Maintenance, Defense-wide.
- Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) – This amendment authorizes the Secretary of the Army to continue to provide for the production, treatment, management, and use of natural gas located under Fort Knox, Kentucky.
- Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) – This amendment requires each branch of the Armed Services to monitor prescribing of medications to treat PTSD among Service Members.
- Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) – This amendment requires the DOD to report to the Armed Services Committee on the agency’s use of a two-phase procurement process.
- Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment requires outreach for small business concerns owned and controlled by women and minorities before conversion of certain functions to a contractor.
- Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment requires GAO to include in its annual report to Congress a list of the most common grounds for sustaining protests related to bids for contracts.
- Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to ensure that every tactical missile program of the Department of Defense that uses solid propellant as the primary propulsion system shall have at least two fully certified rocket motor suppliers in the event that one of the rocket motor suppliers is outside the national technology and industrial base.
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) – This amendment amends Section 101 of the National Security Act of 1947 to address the National Security Council’s enlarged staff size and subsequent micromanagement of military operations, which is inconsistent with its statutory advisory and coordination roles. The amendment would also increase oversight and accountability by requiring Senate confirmation of the National Security Advisory if the staff size of the National Security Council exceeds 100 employees.
- Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) – This amendment removes funding prohibitions on the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) – This amendment amends the Freedom of Information Act to include the National Security Council and makes the FOIA requirement effective after Senate confirmation of the National Security Advisor.
- Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) – This amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to give preference to state and Federal agencies who conduct border security functions for distribution of surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles including the MQ-9 Reaper, the Aerostat radar system, night-vision goggles, and Humvees as part of the DOD’s Excess Property Program (1033).
- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) – This amendment expands the use of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) regarding access at DOD installations.
- Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used to destroy anti-personnel landmine munitions unless the Secretary of Defense submits a report on research into operational alternatives to these munitions.
- Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) – This amendment prohibits any action to impair U.S. jurisdiction and control over the Naval Station of Guantanamo Bay unless authorized or provided by subsequent statute or treaty, based on unique legal history of that U.S. base.
- Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) – This amendment requires the United States Government and the government of a foreign country to enter into a written memorandum of understanding regarding the transfer of an individual from Guantanamo Bar and transmitted to the Congress.
- Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) – This amendment requires a report of the Department of Defense civilian work force and contractors.
- Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) – This amendment expresses the sense of Congress regarding the intentional targeting of an attacks against medical facilities and medical providers in Syria.
- Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) – This amendment requires that the Secretary of Defense submit a report at the end of each fiscal year listing each request received from Taiwan and each letter of offer to sell any defense articles or services under the Arms Export Control Act to Taiwan during such fiscal year.
- Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) – This amendment expresses a sense of Congress that the United States should take certain actions relevant to maintaining NATO’s solidarity, strength, and deterrent capability in addition to promoting NATO enlargement at the July 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland.
- Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) – This amendment reins in SBA’s authority to fund initiatives outside its current authorized authority.
- Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) – This amendment directs Small Business Development Centers to provide, to the extent practicable, cyber assistance to small businesses. Requires the Small Business Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to develop a joint “SBDC Cyber Strategy” to provide necessary guidance to Small Business Development Centers regarding how they can improve the coordination and provision of federal cyber assistance to small businesses.
- Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) – This amendment amends the waiver on the prohibition of use of atomic energy defense funding for work with Russia to allow the Secretary of Energy to issues a waiver if the activity will significantly reduce the nuclear threat, regardless of backlog at DOE defense nuclear facilities.
- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) – This amendment fences 50% of the funds for the Office of the Secretary of Energy until he provides a specific report on U.S. Nuclear Deterrence in the Coming Decades.
- Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) – This amendment provides for online entrepreneurial counseling services through the Service Corps of Retired Executives program and requires SCORE to submit a study and report on the future of the program through a strategic plan that covers the course of the next 5 years.
- Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) – This amendment requires the Secretary of the Army to consider using cost-competitive technologies that minimize waste generation and air emissions as alternatives to current disposal methods when reducing munitions in the stock-pile of conventional ammunition or B5A account.
- Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) – This amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the Department of Defense should reassess their guidelines on how they evaluate motor carrier safety performance after the GAO found that DOD lowered standards to Department of Transportation standards, even for the transport of hazardous materials.
- Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) – This amendment directs the Secretary to report to the Committees of jurisdiction regarding the efficacy of prioritizing training exercises for National Guard IRT teams with well drilling capability in locations in disadvantage communities with drinking water supplies that have been impacted as a result of drought.
- Rep. Dave McKinley (R-WV) – This 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.
- Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) – This amendment requires GAO to report on admission practices and gender composition of military service academies.
- Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) – This amendment allows for the award of a Distinguished Service Cross to 1st LT Melvin M. Spruiell for his acts of valor during WWII as Members of the Army serving in France with the 377th Parachute Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division.
- Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) – This amendment allows cyber institutes to place a special emphasis on entering into a partnership with a local educational agency located in a rural, under served, or underrepresented community.
- Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) – This amendment includes in the report to Congress on the direct employment pilot program for members of the National Guard and Reserve a comparison of the pilot program to other DOD and VA unemployment and underemployment programs.
- Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) – This amendment requires the inclusion of information concerning the availability of treatment options and resources available to address substance abuse (including alcohol, prescription drug, and opioid abuse), as part of the required servicemember preseparation counseling.
- Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) – This amendment makes a technical change to the impact aid program.
- Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) – This amendment eliminates the 2-year eligibility limitation for noncompetitive appointment of military spouses to civil service positions when a member of the Armed Forces is relocated in connection with their service.
- Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretaries of the VA, Education, and Labor, to submit a report to Congress detailing the transfer of skills into college credit or technical certifications for members of the Armed Forces leaving the military.
- Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed veterans.
- Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to consider “comparable quality of service” as criteria used to determine partnership agreements between facilities of the uniformed services and local or regional health care systems.
- Rep. John Carter (R-TX) – This amendment places specific reporting requirements on the Defense Department when prescribing and distributing Mefloquine to members of the armed Forces, and requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct an annual review for each Mefloquine prescription. Expands the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury’s mission to include the study of the adverse effects of Mefloquine.
- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) – This amendment modifies section 825(f) of the FY17 NDAA to sunset that required report after five years (Pilot Program for authority to acquire innovative commercial items using general solicitation competitive procedures)
- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) – This amendment modifies the effective date for section 901(a)91) of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015 by extending it one year to February 1, 2018.
- Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) – This amendment ensures that DOD is using LPTA in an effective and appropriate manner as a source selection process. States that it should be DOD policy to avoid LPTA use in circumstances that potentially deny the Department the benefits of cost and technical tradeoffs in the source selection process.
- Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) – This 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.
- Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) – This amendment requires the Secretary of the Air Force to provide a briefing to the House Armed Services Committee on the process used to include proximity to certain commercial airports as part of its Strategic Basing Process.
- Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – This amendment requires the United States Navy to specifically assess synthetic aperture sonar systems and subsequently report on whether they are a suitable or incorporation on the Littoral Combat Ship.
- Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) – This amendment expresses Congress’ appreciate to American veterans disabled for life and supports the annual recognition of these individuals each year.
- Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) – This amendment pairs the FAA and the DOD to study possible changes to routes and altitude caps to minimize the impact from overflight operations.
- Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) – This amendment states that the President shall instruct the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to use the voice and vote of the United States to seek the establishment of a United Nations processing center in Erbil, Iraq to assist internationally displaced communities.
- Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) – This amendment requires the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the impact of cartel violence in Mexico on U.S. national security.
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) – This amendment requires the Secretaries of Defense and State to submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report containing a description of the steps the United States has taken, plans to take, and will take to provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act.
- Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) – This amendment prohibits funding from the Syria Train and Equip program to recipients that the Secretary of Defense has reported as having misuse provided training and equipment.
- Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) – This amendment creates a pilot program to improve the ability of the Army and Air Force, respectively, to recruit cyber professionals.
- Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) – This amendment extends the authorizations of a 2014 project for barracks at Great Lakes, IL
- Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) – This amendment ensures that the Small Business Administration considers the population density of the area to be serviced by women’s business centers when reviewing and selecting eligible entities for WBC grants.
- Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) – This amendment allows deed restrictions on former U.S. Army land at Rocky Mountain Arsenal to be modified or removed should an environmental risk assessment determine the property is protective for residential or industrial uses.
- Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) – This amendment requires the Director of National Intelligence to complete a declassification review of intelligence reports related to the past terrorist activities of individuals who were transferred or released from GTMO, and make available to the public any information declassified as a result of the declassification review.
- Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) – This amendment ensures the security of our land-based nuclear forces and ensures an acquisition strategy that will field a UH-1N replacement aircraft in Fiscal Year 2018.
- Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) – This amendment places a prohibition on enforcement of military commission rulings preventing members of the Armed Forces from carrying out otherwise lawful duties based on member gender, such as guarding high-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Further amendments considered under Rule II
- Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) – This amendment requires the DOD to evaluate the cost of different types of energy and purchase the most cost effective option available.
- Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) – This amendment prohibits funds for Executive Orders 13653 and 13693 that require DOD to meet certain green energy mandates and to incorporate climate change reviews within DOD operations, acquisition, and planning.
- Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) – This amendment transfers, in accordance with BRAC 1988, specified lands of the former Fort Wingate Depot Activity in McKinley County, New Mexico to the Department of the Interior to be held in trust for the Zuni Tribe and the Navajo Nation.
- Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) – This amendment directs that the Secretary of Defense may coordinate unmanned Aerial System training missions along our southern border in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s counter narcotic trafficking efforts.
- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) – This amendment repeals the 2001 AUMF after 90 days of enactment of this Act.
- Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) – This amendment reduces the base Defense Department budget by 1% excluding military/reserve/National Guard personnel, as well as Defense Health Program account.
- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) – This amendment strikes language that calls on the President to expand the scope of the mission in Afghanistan.
- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – This amendment prohibits funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2017 for the Department of Defense may be used for any bilateral military-to-military contact, cooperation, or related security conferences between the Governments of the United States and Cuba until the Secretary of Defense Cuba until the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, certify to the appropriate congressional committees and Congress convincing assurances that the anti-American posture of the Castro regime has undergone a material change.
- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) – This amendment reduces funding for base budget procurement items from Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds to $1,287,871,000, in accordance with the President’s request. $9,440,300,000 is transferred to OCO Operations & Maintenance fund in order to fund operations overseas, with $26 million designated for suicide prevention.
- Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) – This amendment prevents changes to the alert status or unilateral reduction in the quantity of deployed intercontinental ballistic missile forces. Requires a report on the ability of the Air Force to ensure that the ICBM force is capable of deploying multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs) on Minuteman III ICBM’s.
- Rep Doug Lamborn (R-CO) – This amendment strikes conditions on recognizing the National World War II Aviation Museum.
- Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) – This amendment requires the Government Accountability Office to study the Maritime Security Fleet
- Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) – This amendment allows dual military couples who adopt to split 36 days of leave according to family needs.
- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – This amendment creates a career military justice litigation track for United States Army & Air Force JAGs similar to what currently exists for United States Navy JAGs.
- Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to report to Congress on extending student loan protections for active duty borrowers under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act
- Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) – This amendment excludes reimbursements for medical expenses from the VA’s calculation of annual income when determining pension eligibility for veterans.
- Rep. John Larson (D-CT) – This amendment preserves access to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism who are covered by TRICARE.
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) – This amendment assures the management of spectrum auctions and national security equities.
- Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) – This amendment prohibits funds from being used to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty unless the Senate approves a resolution of ratification for the Treaty and implementing legislation for the Treaty has been enacted into law.
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) – This amendment establishes a Global Engagement Center to lead and coordinate efforts to tracks foreign propaganda and disinformation efforts intended to undermine U.S. national security interests, and to develop strategies for countering such campaigns. It would also create a fund that could be used to support outside groups in analyzing, reporting on, and refuting foreign disinformation efforts, and implements reforms to the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
- Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) – This 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.
- Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) – This amendment requires a report from the Secretary of Defense on policies, doctrine, procedures and authorities governing Department of Defense activities in response to a malicious cyber activity carried out against the United States or United States persons by foreign states or non-state actors.
- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) – This amendment updates current law concerning the management of spectrum auctions and the protection of Global Positioning System (GPS) adjacent frequency bands.
- Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) – This amendment requires the Secretary of the Navy to submit a report to the Congressional Defense Committees regarding future capabilities for the P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) – This amendment provides that no funds may be used by the Air Force to retire, prepare to retire, or place in storage or on backup aircraft inventory status any U-2 aircraft.
- Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the total cost of research, production and maintenance of the B-21 aircraft.
- Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) – This amendment requires a briefing on the acquisition strategy for the Ground Mobility Vehicle program.
- Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) – This amendment requires the Army and the Marine Corps to use the same variant of 5.56mm rifle ammunition within one year of the date of enactment. Provides that the Secretary of Defense may waive the requirement in the event that he determines a state of emergency requires the use of different variants of 5.56mm rifle ammunition.
- Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) – This amendment expresses as a Sense of Congress that the Department of Defense should work with State and local health officials to prevent human exposure to perflourinated chemicals.
- Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) – This amendment requires that the Department of Defense submit a report to Congress on the annual travel expenses incurred by members of the national guard and reservists for travel to monthly and annual training requirements.
- Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) – This amendment encourages the Department of Defense to enter into contracts with third party vendors to provide free access to wireless high-speed internet to all members of the Armed Forces who are deployed overseas at any United States military facility.
- Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) – This amendment establishes a formal process to provide Government agencies outside the Department of Defense with information on the availability of surplus, serviceable ammunition for the purpose of reducing the overall storage and disposal costs related to such ammunition.
- Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) – This amendment increases the minimum active-duty end strength of the Navy from 322,900 to 324,615 to make it consistent with the end strength authorized in the HASC mark.
- Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) – This amendment states that the Secretary of Defense shall ensure that commissary stores accept as payment the Military Star Card.
- Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) – This amendment allows Colleges with ROTC programs currently selected for partnership by Cyber Institutes at Individual Service Academies to be included in Section 562.
- Rep. Barbara Comstock – This amendment requires the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness to evaluate the effectiveness of transition programs in which civilian businesses and organizations provide internships, apprenticeships, and other on-the-job training in an effort to increase likelihood of employment (10 minutes) for separating service members. Requires the Undersecretary to issue guidance to unit commanders encouraging them to permit separating service members to engage in these programs, provided that unit readiness is not degraded.
- Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) – This amendment provides that when a nominee of a Senator, Representative, or Delegate is selected for appointment as a cadet at a Service Academy, the Senator, Representative, or Delegate shall be notified at least 48 hours before the official notification or announcement of the appointment is made.
- Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) – This amendment requires Transition Assistance Program (TAP) counselors to inform separating members of the U.S. Armed Forces that any separation pay received may reduce the amount of VA disability benefits received.
- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) – This amendment strikes the second sentence of Title 38, Section 167, Paragraph (f)4, ensuring that the Service branch fulfills its obligation to notify a service member’s spouse in the event that a service member declines SGLI Coverage. Title 38, Section 167, Paragraph (f)1 of US Code states that a service branch is required to notify the servicemember’s spouse in writing if a servicemember declines SGLI coverage. However, there is a subsequent provision (paragraph (f)4) that says if the service branch does not fulfill its obligation to notify the servicemember’s spouse, the validity of the servicemember’s decision to decline SGLI is not affected.
- Rep. William Keating (D-MA) – This amendment expresses the Sense of Congress in support of fully implementing a service-wide expansion of the Army’s Gold Star Installation Access Card. Provides entry to military installations for events and memorials for the survivors of members of the Armed Forces who have died while serving on certain active or reserve duty.
- Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH ) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report detailing the quantity, composition, and lost income of survivors currently affected by the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset to the Survivor Benefit Program.
- Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) – This amendment amends Sec 741 to include veterans in the identification and resource availability for units with high rates of suicide.
- Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) – This amendment clarifies that, under the Pilot Program for Operation of Network of Retail Pharmacy under TRICARE Pharmacy Benefits Program, retail pharmacies shall also include small business pharmacies.
- Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) – This amendment directs the DOD Secretary to study programs with locked vials
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment requires increased collaboration with NIH to combat Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
- Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) – This amendment extends DoD technology transfer authority until Dec. 31, 2021.
- Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) – This amendment increases the funding authorized for National Guard Counter-Drug Programs, Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense-Wide by $30 million, offset by equivalent decreases to funding for the lines for Common Ground Equipment and Advanced Innovative Technologies.
- Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) – This amendment reauthorizes for one year an existing suicide prevention and resilience program for members of the National Guard and Reserves that is likely to expire prior to passage of the next NDAA.
- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) – This amendment requires GAO to conduct a 5 year study and report to Congress on contracting by minority and women owned businesses with the DOD.
- Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) – This amendment increases funding to USNORTHCOM for Joint Task Force North by $3,000,000 to be used for counter narcotics operations.
- Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the effectiveness of efforts to combat the trafficking of heroin and fentanyl into the United States from Central America and Mexico.
- Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to account for the total cost of National Guard flyovers at public events and publish them in a public report.
- Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) – This amendment includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any territory or possession of the United States as a state for purposes of State Adjutants General approval authority over all Army and Air Force National Guard flyover missions in their states.
- Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) – This amendment requires the Secretary of the Air Force and the Secretary of the Army to report to HASC and SASC quarterly on Joint Airborne Air Transportability Training occurring at Fort Bragg to ensure there is no negative impact to military readiness.
- Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) – This amendment requires the Secretary to provide a briefing to the House Armed Services Committee on the status of DOD efforts to maintain a systems-based inventory of Department buildings, land, and other real property assets following recommendations made by GAO.
- Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) – This amendment provides that not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall provide to the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives a briefing on the adjustment and diversification assistance authorized by subsections (b) and (c) of section 2391 of title 10, United States Code.
- Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) – This amendment brings accountability to countries granting consent to Russian naval vessels calling into port by amending Section 1238(a)(2)(B) to include ‘transient Russian naval vessels’ to the reporting requirement.
- Rep. David Young (R-IA) – This amendment requires the DoD to brief Congress on the Department’s efforts to protect our service members and their families’ personal information from data breaches, including DoD employees. The DoD will also include any trends they are aware of on fraudulent activity targeting service members, their families, or employees of the DoD specifically.
- Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) – This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to provide a report on the impact potential changes to the existing carrier air wing force structure, and the impact a potential reduction would have on overall fleet readiness should personnel and aircraft be distributed through remaining air wings.
- Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – This amendment recognizes the role played by the 16 million women known as Rosie the Riveters during World War Two.
- Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) – This amendment authorizes the Army to recover firearms that were provided to a foreign country on a grant basis and subsequently became excess to the needs of such country.
- Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) – This amendment adopts program management principles for government projects and requires formulation of program management standards and best practices to ensure on-time & on-budget projects.
- Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) – This amendment amends the Occupational Safety and Health Act to make permanent the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH).
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – This amendment expresses the sense of Congress regarding the importance of increasing the effectiveness of the Northern Command (“NORTHCOM”) in fulfilling its critical mission of protecting the U.S. homeland in event of war and to provide support to local, state, and federal authorities in times of national emergency.
- Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) – This 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, Iraq, and Syria to each American taxpayer on the Department of Defense’s website.
- Rep. Madeline Bordallo (D-GU) – This amendment grants USCIS greater flexibility to approve H-2B visa application renewals for contractors performing work on Guam for the duration of the realignment construction plans. The flexibility is needed to meet projected Guam workforce requirements to support construction efforts in conjunction with realignment of Marines in the Asia-Pacific region. Current statute restricts ability of USCIS to grant renewals and has already impacted construction timelines and cost. The amendment would ensure Guam and CNMI have sufficient and appropriate workforce to support this strategic undertaking.
- Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) – This amendment updates Department of Defense regulations to ensure service members receive adequate consumer protections with respect to collection of debt.
- Rep. Don Young (R-AK) – This amendment provides DoD temporary direct hire authority for military technicians (dual-status), enabling units to fill critical manpower shortages and increase mission readiness.
- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) – This amendment expands the talent-exchange authorities of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, to allow DoD employees to gain experience at private companies and bring industry leaders to DoD.
- Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) – This amendment expresses a sense of Congress that the Department of Defense should develop an assessment, monitoring, and evaluation framework for security cooperation.
- Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) – This amendment requires a report on the Department of Defense’s implementation of the prohibition on the provision of certain security assistance to foreign security forces implicated in gross human rights violations.
- Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) – This amendment adds a fourth condition that the Administration must certify Pakistan has met before releasing $450 million in aid: “Pakistan has shown progress in arresting and prosecuting Haqqani network senior leaders and midlevel operatives.”
- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)—This amendment adds an additional requirement that the Secretary of Defense certify to Congress that Pakistan is not using its military or any funds or equipment provided by the United States to persecute minority groups seeking political or religious freedom.
- Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—This amendment reforms the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for at-risk Afghan allies.
- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)—This amendment adds a Sense of the Congress that Dr. Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the Government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison.
- Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)—This amendment requires the Department of Defense to submit to Congress a report on the extent to which the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan has adequate access to financial records of the Government of Afghanistan.
- Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)—This amendment adds to the semiannual Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan the progress on implementing the Afghan Personnel and Pay System.
- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)—This amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that safe areas should be secured for the resettlement and reintegration of indigenous ethnic and religious minorities, including victims of genocide, into their homelands. Affirms that this position is a critical component of a safe, secure, and sovereign Iraq.
- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)—This amendment empowers local security forces in Iraq — including ethnic and religious minority groups — to deter, hold, or roll back the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.
- Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM)—This amendment expresses a sense of congress encouraging the Administration and DOD to utilize all necessary capabilities to combat ISIS oil production and sale.
- Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)—This amendment provides for a prohibition on transfer of man-portable air defense systems to any entity in Syria.
- Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)—This amendment amends the existing security assistance authority titled “South China Sea Initiative” to “Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative.” Additionally, the amendment would require DoD to include a description of China’s activities in the South China Sea in their Congressionally-required annual report on Chinese military power.
- Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)—This amendment prohibits government contracts with entities that have contributed to Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
- Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)—This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on cooperation between Iran and the Russian Federation and to what extent such cooperation affects United States national security and strategic interests.
- Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)—This amendment establishes the Sense of Congress that Israel should be able to defend its vital national interests and protect its territory and population against existential threats and mandates that the President report on the necessary defensive mechanisms required and requested by Israel to protect itself against existential threats and on the availability for sale or transfer of these items to Israel.
- Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)—This amendment requires the President to report on the use by the Government of Iran of commercial aircraft and related services for illicit military or other activities.
- Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)—This amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to grant observer status to the military forces of Taiwan in any maritime exercise known as the Rim of the Pacific Exercise.
- Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)—This amendment requires a report be completed by the Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Secretaries of the military departments and the Secretary of State on efforts made to inform American manufacturers on procurement opportunities for equipping foreign military entities approved to receive U.S. assistance. This report should also include any plans or strategies to raise awareness of these opportunities among U.S. manufacturers.
- Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)—This amendment requires a report on Open Skies Treaty and Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.
- Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)—This amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that continued United States leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is critical to the national security of the United States.
- Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)—This amendment authorizes assistance to Israel to improve maritime security and maritime domain awareness.
- Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)—This amendment expresses a Sense of Congress that it is policy of the United States to support a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
- Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)—This amendment authorizes the Secretary of Defense, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, to enter into agreements with governments of foreign countries, such as Israel and other nations that excel in addressing water scarcity and water resource development issues, in order to develop land-based water resources in support of and in preparation for contingency operations.
- Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)—This amendment extends the requirement for three years, consistent with the FY13 NDAA, that the President report to Congress on the use of certain Iranian seaports by foreign vessels and the use of foreign airports by sanctioned Iranian air carriers.
- Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)—This amendment requires the President to officially notify Congress whenever Iran conducts a ballistic missile launch (including ballistic missile tests) and inform the Congress as to actions the President will take in response, including diplomatic efforts to pursue additional sanctions, including through passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution.
- Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)—This amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the United States should work with our Gulf Cooperation Council allies to encourage an enable an integrated ballistic missile defense system to prevent an attack by Iran against such countries.
- Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)—This amendment authorizes assistance and training to countries bordering the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, or Mediterranean Sea in an effort to deter and counter illicit smuggling and related maritime activity by Iran. The program will run through FY2020.
- Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)—This amendment expresses a Sense of Congress that increased military relations with Vietnam should be contingent on Vietnam’s commitment to implement human rights reforms.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)—This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress report on efforts to assist Nigeria security forces in combatting Boko Haram In Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.
- Rep. George Holding (R-NC)—This amendment enhances and promotes greater defense trade and military cooperation between the United States and India by encouraging and supporting a range of measures such as joint military planning and co-development.
- Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)—This amendment eases restrictions related to funding for development of rocket propulsion and launch systems to end reliance on the RD-180
- Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)—This amendment requires a report on the use of spacecraft assets of the Space-Based Infrared System’s Wide-Field-of-View program for other space programs.
- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)—This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to evaluate the security of defense information and to issue regulations to improve it.
- Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)—This amendment expresses a Sense of Congress that reiterates the importance of strong communications systems for the National Guard in the event of a cyber or terrorist attack.
- Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)—This amendment requires the Secretary of the Army to brief Congress on a strategy for incorporating Army National Guard Cyber Protection Teams into the Cyber Mission Force.
- Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)—This amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that DOD, when practical, should seek to maximize the hiring of veterans for MILCON projects.
- Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)—This amendment creates a process for foreign governments to petition DOD to return surplus property to that government. Expands use of residual value obtained from returned foreign property from facility maintenance and operations to readiness programs.
- Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)—This amendment relocates the Saint Marys Airport away from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay because of security issues with civilian air traffic. Codifies the Navy’s steps in the relocation of the airport.
- Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM)—This amendment prohibits the Department of Defense from transferring administrative jurisdiction of Fillmore Canyon to the Department of the Interior.
- Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)—This amendment provides competitively awarded grant funding for the preservation of our nation’s historic battleships in a manner that is self-sustaining and has an educational component. Requires grantees to provide a 1:1 matching of any federal funding received pursuant to this grant program. The grant program sunsets on September 30, 2023.
- Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)—This amendment requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide a report detailing how the Corps acquired 34 miles of shoreline property along the Columbia River in the TriCities region of Central Washington. The report will include specific legal documentation and information on the process by which the properties were acquired to discern how the federal government acquired the land, whether by paying Fair Market Value or through other means of procurement.
- Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)—This amendment expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Energy should ensure that each laboratory operating contractor or plant or site manager of a National Nuclear Security Administration facility adopt generally accepted and consistent accounting practices for laboratory, plant, or site directed research and development.
- Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL)—This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy to provide a briefing to the appropriate committees on the feasibility and potential benefits of a dialogue between the United States and France on the use of low-enriched uranium in naval reactors.
- Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)—This amendment clarifies that the definition of advanced nuclear reactor includes a nuclear fusion reactor.
- Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-NY)—This amendment expedites processing of applications for transportation security cards for separating members of the Armed forces and veterans to facilitate employment in the maritime industry.
- Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)—This amendment classifies a vessel being repaired or dismantled to be a “recreational vessel” if the vessel shares elements of design and construction of traditional recreational vessels and is not normally engaged in a military or commercial undertaking when operating.
- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)—This amendment provides a conforming name change for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund within sections 4102 and 4103 of the bill.
- Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)—This amendment makes conspiracy to commit rape or sexual assault an offense requiring dismissal or dishonorable discharge under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
- Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)—This amendment authorizes the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States to settle claims resulting from the occupation of Guam during World War II based on other war claims programs previously authorized by Congress for other Americans.
- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)—This amendment provides authority for the Secretary of Energy to issue regulations to protect certain NNSA sites from potential threats posed by UAVs.
For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.