House Passes NDAA, Champions National Guard Provisions

Today, the House debated and passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2014, with a final vote of 315-108 with 12 representatives not voting. This bill, as mentioned in a previous blog post, includes many great provisions for the National Guard. Before final passage, a number of additional defense-related amendments were considered on the House floor to be included in the final package.
NGAUS supported three amendments submitted during floor consideration that are beneficial to the men and women of the National Guard and opposed two amendments that were not in the Guard's best interest. 
The three NGAUS-endorsed amendments include:
  • Passed - An amendement from Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) that expresses a sense of Congress to maintain a strong National Guard and Military Reserve force.
  • Passed - An amendment from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) that allows any Adjutant General of a state to request contact information for Individual Ready Reservists and Individual Mobilization Augmentees in the state for the purpose of conducting suicide prevention efforts.
  • Passed - An amendment from Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa) that prevents the service chiefs from ending the military tuition assistance programs, including those for the National Guard.

NGAUS opposition letter makes it in HASC blog

The two amendments NGAUS opposed include:
  • Failed - An amendment from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) that would have stripped $5 billion out of Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, funding and the underling readiness and modernization plus-ups supported in the bill, which included the $400 million for the National Guard and Reserve Component Equipment Account (NGREA).  NGAUS told the House Armed Services Committee that this would have a significant negative impact on National Guard equipment modernization, as NGREA funding is critical for new equipment purchases and modernization not planned for or funded by the Active Components. Additional co-sponsors of the amendment included Reps. James Moran (D-Va.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Rob Woodall (R-Ga.). The National Governors Association and the Reserve Officers Association also joined NGAUS in opposing this amendment.
  • Failed - An amendment from Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) that would have prohibited any funds authorized in the bill from being used to sponsor Army National Guard professional wrestling sports or motorsports sponsorships. For further information on NGAUS's opposition to this amendment: Sports Sponsorship Fact Sheet; NGAUS Press Release Sports SponsorshipsNGAUS-EANGUS Letter of Support.

Watch House Armed Services Chairman, Rep. Buck McKeon, talk about NGAUS on the House floor (click the images to play video):





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