Six Amendments from Rep. Meadows Included in NDAA
Washington, D.C. – Today, six amendments from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) passed as a part of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019. The amendments addressed reforms including protecting taxpayer dollars involved in government purchased contracts, cutting bureaucratic red tape for Department of Defense software upgrades, assistance for small, defense-related American startup companies developing technology to meet our defense needs, and more.
Rep. Meadows released the following statement on his amendments:
“We made several critical improvements to the National Defense Authorization Act that passed the House. The bipartisan amendments we developed will go a long way in safeguarding taxpayer dollars, making our defense operations more efficient, and opening new doors for cutting edge technology that will contribute to America’s military for years to come. I’m grateful we were able to make these changes and I want to thank my colleagues for their support.”
The NDAA will now head to the Senate, where it awaits further action.
A description of each amendment from Rep. Meadows is below. You can see a comprehensive list of NDAA amendments offered at this link here.
Meadows (R-NC) - Amendment No. 278 –
This amendment promotes market-based principles by requiring the Department of Defense to determine the feasibility of using “consumption-based solutions” in purchasing contracts. This change would the agency to be billed based on actual usage. Consumption-based solutions will make more responsible use of taxpayer money and can allow the federal government to more easily use newer, cheaper, and more efficient technologies as they emerge.
Meadows (R-NC) - Amendment No. 279
This amendment provides oversight of government contractors, by requiring them to disclose delinquent or unpaid federal taxes in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS). Federal agencies are supposed to consider whether a potential contractor has avoided paying taxes before they are awarded a contract. Some government contractors get away without disclosing this information, however, and these tax cheats have managed to win contracts by hiding this information. No more.
Meadows (R-NC) - Amendment No. 280 –
This amendment cuts bureaucratic tape by allowing individuals who acquire new, innovative software capabilities for the Department of Defense to avoid bureaucratic bottlenecks to ensure that our military can more quickly acquire the software and upgrades it needs.
Meadows (R-NC) - Amendment No. 281 –
This amendment will create opportunity for American businesses by directing the Secretary of Defense to determine how the Trusted Capital Marketplace pilot program will 1) align with critical defense requirements and 2) become self-sustaining. The Trusted Capital Marketplace program is a new program that will help small, American defense-related startup companies connect with trusted sources of private funding so that they can create new technologies to meet our defense needs.
Meadows (R-NC) Amendment No. 282, also sponsored by Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA) –
Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group based in Somalia. As multiple military and domestic agencies have pointed to the danger this and other terrorist organizations pose to Americans at home and abroad, and as the FBI has reported on al-Shabaab’s attempts to recruit American citizens within our borders, it is important to cut off al-Shabaab’s sources of financing. This amendment combats the trafficking that finances many of al-Shabaab’s activities and takes steps to strengthen international cooperation on enforcing bans on participation in the trafficking that finances al-Shabaab.
Meadows (R-NC) Amendment No. 283, also sponsored by Reps. Young (R-AK), Chabot (R-OH), Yoho (FL), Cohen (D-TN), Price (D-NC), Titus (D-NV) –
This bipartisan amendment reinforces our mutually-beneficial relationship with Mongolia, a US ally and the only formerly-Soviet country in Asia to transition to democracy. It states that the ability of Mongolia, a consistent troop contributor to United States combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a partner of NATO, to protect its sovereignty, democracy, and ability to pursue an independent foreign policy despite pressure from China and Russia is relevant to the national security interests of the United States.
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