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  • Gun Control Sneaks by Lackadaisical Republicans

    07/25/2020 7:04:52 AM PDT · by The Houston Courant · 22 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | July 25, 2020 | A. Johnson
    House Republicans were asleep at the wheel this week and missed a major piece of gun control legislation buried deep in the original text of H.R. 6395, a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Tuesday—legislation they had unanimously voted out of committee. While the House Armed Services Committee vote to move the bill to the Floor of the House of Representatives two weeks ago went swimmingly for interested parties, the road to the finish line was brutal. Hundreds of amendments were proposed, and the parliamentary proceedings to sort through the mess forced members to physically stand on the...
  • Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany

    07/01/2020 11:04:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT A bipartisan group of senators is trying to place limits on President Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany unless the administration is able to meet a slew of requirements. The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would prohibit the administration from reducing the number of active-duty troops in Germany below 34,500 unless the Pentagon can certify to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States and would not negatively undermine European alliances or NATO....
  • House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops

    07/01/2020 10:45:12 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/20 11:24 PM EDT | REBECCA KHEEL
    House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops BY REBECCA KHEEL - 07/01/20 11:24 PM EDT House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops © Getty The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to put roadblocks on President Trump’s ability to withdraw from Afghanistan, including requiring an assessment on whether any country has offered incentives for the Taliban to attack U.S. and coalition troops. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment, from Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), would require several certifications before the U.S. military...
  • Defense bill would survey troops on if they've faced 'racist, anti-Semitic or supremacist' activity

    06/22/2020 12:40:21 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 22 2020 | Rebecca Kheel
    Questions about whether troops have faced racism, anti-Semitism and supremacism on duty would be added to Pentagon workplace surveys under a provision in the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the annual defense policy bill. The provision is included in the military personnel subcommittee’s portion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released Monday. The bill would also require the Pentagon to develop a way to track and report supremacist, extremist and criminal gang activity in the armed forces. The language comes at a time when the military is grappling with racial issues in the wake of nationwide protests over...
  • Memorandum on the Delegation of Authorities under the NDAA for FY 2020 and the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019

    04/14/2020 5:49:44 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | April 14, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Delegation of Authorities under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 and the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authorities vested in the President by section 1250A(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Public Law 116-92) and section 205(d) of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy...
  • Defense Bill Would End Gender Segregation at Marine Corps Boot Camp

    01/06/2020 11:48:12 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 85 replies ^ | 9 Dec 2019 | | By Hope Hodge Seck
    Marine Corps senior leaders have begun to express cautious openness to the idea of making the service's boot camps fully co-ed. But if Congress has its way, the service may be pushed toward full integration sooner than expected. The final conference version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision that would require the service to integrate both its East Coast and West Coast entry-level training facilities within the next eight years.
  • Liberian Amnesty Stuffed into NDAA 2020

    01/01/2020 3:05:39 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 20 Dec 2019 | Andrew R. Arthur
    It's overbroad, sets a bad precedent, and has nothing to do with defense I am trying to mix my analyses of the good and the bad amendments in S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA 2020). I recently wrote about the bad (codification of the heretofore administrative practice of "parole in place") and the good (the removal of dangerous reporting requirements for our troops sent to the border). But the bad just seems to overwhelm the good, as section 7611 of NDAA, granting a generous amnesty to Liberian nationals, reveals. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), has...
  • House Democrats gave Trump 'everything he wanted' on a $738 billion defense bill

    12/12/2019 12:28:17 PM PST · by BeauBo · 82 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 12th, 2019 | John Haltiwanger
    The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a $738 billion defense bill that funds the US-Mexico border wall, the Space Force, and continued US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, handing President Donald Trump a big win... The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in a 377 to 48 vote... The NDAA now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it's expected to pass next week... The bill provides for a massive boost in military spending compared to 2019 — an increase of $22 billion — and authorizes the creation of a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military that...
  • Sources: Pensacola Attacker Had 10 Minutes Without Armed Resistance

    12/11/2019 10:29:42 AM PST · by davikkm · 69 replies
    breitbart ^ | AWR HAWKINS
    Two Navy instructor pilots told Fox News the December 6, 2019, Pensacola attacker had 10 minutes without armed resistance in which to carry out his horrific work. Fox News reports those pilots are among a group of instructors who are asking military brass to allow them to carry guns for self-defense. One instructor pilot said, “It’s so stupid that on a military base, the shooter was allowed to roam free for so long. In a gun fight, that’s an eternity.” Breitbart News reported that decision to allow military personnel to be armed for self-defense falls to the installation commanders, per...
  • Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds

    10/10/2019 2:04:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 196 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/19 06:11 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY AND REBECCA KHEEL
    President Trump is barreling toward a showdown with Congress over his decision to pull back U.S. troops in northern Syria despite widespread opposition. The announcement, which caught leadership and traditional GOP allies flatfooted, sparked a wave of condemnation, with Republicans calling it a “disaster in the making,” a “catastrophic mistake” and a “terrible decision.” Lawmakers are already weighing how to respond to Trump’s decision, setting the stage for a high-profile clash with Trump as soon as Congress returns from a two-week break on Monday. “Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision,” said Rep. Liz...
  • NDAA Shakeup Is a Shakedown for America's National Security

    08/21/2019 6:26:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    American ^ | August 21, 2019 | Nathan Warden
    America recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. That event served to establish America’s preeminence in the space frontier and to declare to the world that, according to President John F. Kennedy, “This new ocean will be a sea of peace” instead of a “terrifying theater of war.” As we look back on this event with pride, we should also confront the fact that today our preeminence in space is quickly becoming science fiction. Having ceded the edge in rocket development years ago, the U.S. is now on track to compromise its preeminence in space even further with...
  • U.S. House approves defense bill amendment to allow transgenders to serve in the military.

    On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow transgender individuals who meet all other physical, educational, and mental health standards to serve in the U.S. military. The amendment passed 242-187, with 10 Republicans voting with Democrats in support of transgender military service. The amendment, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), is modeled after former President Harry Truman’s 1948 order that racially integrated the military. It incorporated much of the language from Truman’s order — including that “there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in...
  • Did You Forget Obama Admin Legalized “Fake News” in 2016?

    11/03/2018 5:22:56 AM PDT · by deandg99 · 5 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/03/2018 | Bradlee Dean
    An article was written at Common Dreams on Monday, December 26, 2016, called “Under Cover of Christmas, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency.” I’d like to quote from the article and comment on it. “It owns all these not-at-all-important laws are smuggled into NDAA that are signed on Christmas Eve with basically no public debate,” wrote media critic Adam Johnson. Notice that it was signed on Christmas Eve while everyone was enjoying the Christmas holidays in taking a much-needed break from the “circus of politics” and the agents of their particular “special interest” groups.
  • The defense authorization bill is named after John McCain — but Trump didn't mention him

    08/13/2018 3:54:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/13/18 | Betsy Klein
    President Trump just signed the National Defense Authorization Act, named after Arizona Sen. John McCain, but the President never once mentioned McCain's name or thanked him. “We would not be here for today’s signing ceremony without the dedicated efforts without the dedicated members of Congress who worked so hard to pass the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Trump while thanking service members and military leadership. However, he did mention Rep. Elise Stefanik, who spoke briefly and represents the district containing Fort Drum, as well as Don Baker, Dan Donovan, Joe Wilson, and Martha McSally.
  • Trump excludes McCain in speech about 'McCain' defense bill

    08/13/2018 3:26:36 PM PDT · by MNDude · 40 replies
    President Trump thanks a long list of people before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, except for the namesake of the bill, Sen. John McCain
  • 'One of the heroes of our time': Rev. Jesse Jackson defends Sen. John McCain

    08/09/2018 9:17:28 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    The Arizona Republic | August 9, 2018 | Ronald J. Hansen
  • The Senate refused to vote on an amendment to protect due process. But why?

    06/15/2018 6:49:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 15, 2018 | Mike Ciandella
    On Monday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed an amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. The National Defense Authorization Act has to be renewed every year, and every year Lee proposes the same amendment. This year, it was co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (R-Calif.), who may be as far to the left of the political spectrum as Lee is to the right. What was this amendment about? The proposal for Amendment 2366 read simply: To clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority does not authorize the detention without charge or...
  • Congressman Paul Gosar: Have the Army Build the Border Wall

    05/18/2018 6:32:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | May 18, 2018 | Joseph Flaherty
    Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar wants a border wall, and he's ready to order the military to do the job. In an amendment filed on Wednesday to a defense spending bill, Gosar proposed authorizing the Secretary of the Army to carry out President Trump's signature campaign promise of a security wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Gosar's proposal was tucked in the slew of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, a massive annual appropriations exercise that determines military spending and policy. The Hill reported Gosar's amendment in a roundup of the most notable of the 554 amendments to the NDAA that...
  • Trump to Allow Gun Collectors to Purchase Military Surplus M1911 Pistols

    12/10/2017 11:41:27 AM PST · by shove_it · 61 replies
    ConservativeTribune ^ | 27 Nov 2017 | V SAXENA
    Included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Donald Trump intends to sign soon, is a provision that will allow the military to save an estimated $200,000 per year by selling surplus M1911 pistols to those in the public interested in purchasing them. Used widely during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, these historic firearms have been officially out of service since 1985, when the military replaced them with Beretta 92 pistols. Since then, the military has been forced to store leftover M1911 pistols at a price of $2 per year....
  • Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment’

    11/09/2017 4:45:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    The (S)Hill ^ | 11/9/17 | Ali Breland
    Lawmakers put the finishing touches this week on military funding legislation that contains a provision that stands to significantly benefit Amazon. The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government acquisitions market, experts say. The provision, dubbed the “Amazon amendment” by experts, according to an article in The Intercept, would allow for the creation of an online portal that government employees could use to purchase everyday items such as office supplies or furniture.