NDAA Amendments Supported by Rep. Meadows Pass the House

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Washington, May 24, 2018 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

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NDAA Amendments Supported by Rep. Meadows Pass the House

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) supported several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, including five bipartisan amendments, increasing capabilities of Armed Services members, promoting security and stability in the Middle East, and more.

Amendment 113, led by Rep. Meadows and cosponsored by Reps. Cheri Bustos and Dave Loebsack, would save taxpayer dollars by requiring the Secretary of Defense to use the most cost-effective measures, including providing a full breakdown of expenses, when securing property leases for the Department of Defense. This would include utilizing property already available to the Department of Defense to avoid the additional costs of selecting entirely new property. Amendment 494, also led by Mr. Meadows, prevents taxpayer funds intended to train and arm America’s allies from going to any Iranian-allied group in Iraq, the Revolutionary Guard Corps, or other state sponsors of terrorism.

Meadows was also an original co-sponsor of five other amendments, all of which the House adopted:

Amendment 324, led by Rep. Beyer (D-VA), reforms government-wide acquisitions to strengthen the cybersecurity of U.S. government information systems in the face of growing cyber threats by limiting the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable source selection.

Amendment 477, led by Rep. Schneider (D-IL), seeks to target destabilizing activities of the Iranian regime in the Middle East.

Amendment 482, led by Rep. Schneider (D-IL), protects Israel by requiring the executive branch to report on Iranian support of proxy forces in Syria and Lebanon.

Amendment 452, led by Rep. Engel (D-NY), Authorizes financial and visa sanctions against perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya by the Burmese military and security forces; limits U.S. military and security assistance with Burma until reforms take place; incentivizes reform of the Burmese gemstone sector which is notoriously dominated by the military; and requires a determination of what crimes the Burmese military committed, including genocide.

Amendment 32, led by Rep Cramer (R-ND), to include the names of the seventy-four crew of the USS Frank E. Evans killed on June 3, 1969, on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Rep. Meadows released the following statement:

“Our men and women in uniform overseas are putting their lives on the line every day to confront the grave threats posed by ISIS, al Qaeda, and the Taliban—and it is our sacred responsibility to provide them with the resources they need to protect America and return home safe. Additionally, our elected officials have a duty to do everything we can to protect citizens at home, and practicing good stewardship of taxpayer funds. I’m proud to support these amendments and look forward to continuing the work with my colleagues to see the final NDAA bill to the President’s desk.”

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