Amendments to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Heritage Action will be key voting the following three amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 1735):

Key Vote Alert: “YES” on Brooks Amendment

The House will vote on the Brooks Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 1735). Introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) 100% and 31 additional members, the   amendment would strip language added to the NDAA during the committee markup by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) 6%that would encourage the Pentagon to consider allowing DACA recipients to enlist in the military.

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., the Heritage Foundation’s vice president for foreign and defense policy studies explained:

“To jam this amnesty provision into the NDAA goes beyond the pale in playing politics with national security. This literally destroys the credibility of the NDAA as must-pass legislation that the nation needs to provide for the common defense. The Gallego Amendment is unnecessary for national security; makes a mockery of U.S. immigration law; and is a slap in the face to those who want to come here and play by the rules.”

Heritage Action supports the Brooks Amendment and will include it as a key vote on our scorecard.

“YES” on 5-month Abortion Ban (H.R. 36)

This week, the House will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) 94%. This legislation will protect unborn children by preventing abortions five months after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain. In 2013, a similar bill passed the House by a 228-196 vote, but did not receive consideration in the Senate, which was controlled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 0%.

The United States is one of only seven countries in which elective, late-term abortions are legal, putting us in the same company as North Korea, China and Vietnam. Last year Quinnipiac  found that 60 percent of Americans support a five-month ban, including 56 percent of Independents and nearly half of Democrats. Moreover, a 2013 survey conducted by the Washington Post revealed that 60 percent of women support this limitation as well.

In promising a vote on the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 60% noted “a clear majority of women nationwide [who are] in support of this common-sense legislation.”

“YES” on the Hudson Amendment to take Department of Energy Spending Down to 2008 Levels

This week, the House will vote on an amendment offered by Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) 89% to the FY16 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 2028).  The amendment would take spending back to pre-stimulus FY 2008 levels with an across the board cut of 11.2 percent. The cuts would not apply to defense accounts.

“YES” on Disapproval Resolution of DC’s Abortion Bill

This week, the House is supposed to vote on a disapproval resolution (H.J. Res. 43) related to the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which was passed by the District of Columbia Council in January.  Introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) 94%, the resolution would ensure pro-life individuals and organizations in the District of Columbia would not be forced to violate their religious beliefs or organizational missions.

The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., and Sarah Torre explain the euphemistically named  Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act “could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective, surgical abortions in their health plans and require pro-life organizations to hire individuals who advocate for abortion.”

“YES” on Hice Amendment to Stop Abuses of “Official Time”

This week, the House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) 94% to the FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029). The amendment would prohibit any funds in the act from going to pay federal employees for union activities.

As The Heritage Foundation explains, “official time” is the practice of federal employees being paid, not for doing their jobs, but for engaging in union activities such as negotiating collective bargaining agreements, filing complaints, and even lobbying Congress.

In 2010, Federal employees spent 3.1 million hours on official time, costing taxpayers $137 million. As Heritage’s James Sherk said, “Paying federal employees to do union work interferes with providing the services the taxpayers are paying them to perform.” Federal employees are free to engage in union activities on their own time and they are free to use union resources and dues to fund those activities, but public, taxpayer dollars should be used for public, not private, ends.

Heritage Action supports the Hice Amendment and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard. 

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