Defense Authorization Passes House

The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act 315-108 on June 14th, 2013. FCNL does not support the authorization of military funds. However, we supported amendments by bipartisan congressional allies to end the war in Afghanistan, prevent war with Iran and Syria, close the Guantanamo Bay prison and more.

We supported amendments listed here unless otherwise noted. This page was last updated on June 14th, 2013 at 1:10PM.

See bill text of H.R. 1960 and the full list of amendments.

Afghanistan

Amendment Passes to Support Bringing Troops Home from Afghanistan

(Passed 305-121) Amendment No. 10: This amendment introduced by Reps. Jim McGovern (MA), Walter Jones (NC), Barbara Lee (CA) and Adam Smith (WA) amendment puts Congress on record insisting that all U.S. troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and state that the president needs specific new congressional authorization to leave any U.S. troops in Afghanistan past that date.

The amendment strikes and replaces section 1222 of the FY14 NDAA and also requires the U.S. to expedite transition plans, end combat operations no later than December 2013.

See how your representative voted on the amendment.

Red: majority of a state's delegation voted against the amendment
Green: majority of a state's delegation voted for the amendment
Gray: split delegation (equal number for or against)

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Learn more: Matt Southworth's analysis on this overwhelming vote. 


(Passed by voice vote, en bloc) Amendment No. 124: Reps Hank Johnson (GA) and Barbara Lee (CA) have introduced an amendment that would prohibit the construction of permanent bases in Afghanistan.

Iran

(Passed by voice vote, en bloc) Amendment No. 146: Reps. John Conyers (MI), Hank Johnson (GA), Walter Jones (NC) and Keith Ellison (MN) have submitted a bipartisan amendment to clarify that “nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the use of force against Iran.” This amendment to ‘undeclare war with Iran’ passed unanimously (en bloc) in last year’s House NDAA debate.

(Passed by voice vote, en bloc) Amendment No. 144:  FCNL opposes an amendment submitted by Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ) that would give a green light for a potential Israeli attack on Iran, asserting that “Congress fully supports Israel’s lawful exercise of self-defense, including actions to halt regional aggression.”

(Passed by voice vote, en bloc) Amendment No. 147: FCNL opposes an amendment submitted by Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN) that would call for the US to provide military, diplomatic and economic support for a potential Israeli military attack against Iran, mirroring the Senate’s Backdoor to War resolution passed earlier this year.

See a complete list of Middle East-related amendment updates and upcoming analysis here.

Syria

(Failed 123-301) Amendment No. 36: Reps. Chris Gibson (NY) and John Garamendi (CA) have submitted a bipartisan amendment that would remove Sense of Congress language calling for a U.S. military intervention in Syria. The amendment would strike section 1251 of the NDAA.

See a complete list of Middle East-related amendment updates and upcoming analysis here.

Drones

(Withdrawn) Amendment No. 18: Reps. Trey Radel (FL), Justin Amash (MI) and Thomas Massie (KY) have submitted an amendment that would prohibit the "use of lethal military force" on U.S. soil. The amendment specifically bans the use of armed drones in the United States.

Pentagon Spending

(Failed 71-353) Amendment No. 32: Rep. Rick Nolan (MN) has submitted an amendment that would reduce the total funds authorized in this bill by $60 billion, under the caps mandated by sequestration. The bill currently authorizes $52 billion over sequestration caps.

Cost of War

(Passed by voice vote, en bloc) Amendment No. 106: Rep. Bruce Braley (IA) has submitted an amendment that would require President Obama to submit a report on the long-term costs, including costs of veterans care, of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Failed 191-292) Amendment No. 39: Reps. Chris Van Hollen (MD), Mick Mulvaney (SC) and Jim Moran (VA) have submitted a bipartisan amendment that would remove the extra $5 billion added to the President's request for war spending (Overseas Contingency Operations funds). The current OCO request is $79.5 billion, but the bill authorizes $85.8 billion.

Guantanamo Bay Military Prison

(Failed 200-226) Amendment No. 13: Reps. Adam Smith (WA) and Chris Gibson (NY) have submitted a bipartisan amendment that would eliminate indefinite military detention of any person detained under 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force authority. The amendment strikes section 1022.

(Failed 174-249) Amendment No. 20: Rep. Adam Smith (WA) has submitted an amendment that would provide a framework for closing the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The following Amendments were ruled out of order:

Amendment No. 195: Reps. John Conyers (MI), Peter Welch (VT) and Steve Cohen (TN) have submitted an amendment that would prohibit US ground troops or contractors from operating in Syria.

Amendment No. 90: Rep. Rick Nolan (MN) submitted an amendment that would ban funding for the armed opposition in Syria without an explicit authorization by Congress.

Amendment No. 151: Reps. Barbara Lee (CA), Michael Burgess (TX) and Jan Schakowsky (IL) have submitted a bipartisan amendment that would reduce Pentagon funds by 0.5% unless specified finances become audit ready.

Amendment 89: Rep. Rick Larsen (WA), Ed Markey (MA), Earl Blumenaur (OR) and Loretta Sanchez (CA) submitted an amendment limiting funding for the refurbishment of the B-61 Nuclear Bomb Refurbishment Program until Congress is provided with a report on NATO’s future role in the development, funding and basing of the weapon.

Amendment No. 155: Reps. Barbara Lee (CA) and John Conyers (MI) have submitted an amendment that would require the Defense Secretary to report matters related to the use of lethal drones to congressional defense committees. The amendment also calls for all legal opinions providing advice on the authority to use force in such operations.

Amendment No. 172: Reps. Barbara Lee (CA), Paul Broun (GA) and Rosa DeLauro (CT) have submitted a bipartisan amendment that would repeal the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (PL 107-40) in congruence with the end of the war in Afghanistan or on January 1, 2015.

Amendment No. 203: Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) has submitted an amendment that would repeal the Authorization of the Use of Military Force effective December 31, 2014, concurrent with the end of U.S. combat in Afghanistan.

Amendment No. 108: Reps. Steve Cohen (TN), Dana Rohrabacher (CA) and David Cicilline (RI) have submitted a bipartisan amendment that would remove the funding authority for the Afghan Infrastructure Fund (AIF), a pass through fund for unsustainable development monies and military projects.

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