FOUR OF REP LIEU'S AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019. The final bill includes four amendments spearheaded by Rep. Lieu to stop the emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates; limit Department of Defense funds from being used at Trump properties; prohibit U.S. military refueling of aircraft in Yemen; and require a report to Congress detailing the U.S. strategy for Libya.
The NDAA includes other provisions Congressman Lieu has championed as well. Language to authorize the West Los Angeles National Guard Armory to expand its homeless shelter services and language to block the deployment of new, low-yield nuclear missiles (based on Congressman Lieu’s Hold the LYNE Act) are part of the bill. Additionally, the measure includes important provisions to increase servicemember pay, improve military housing for families, prohibit the use of defense funds for a border wall, and require DOD to take steps to mitigate climate change.
“I commend the House for passing a substantive NDAA that prioritizes our servicemembers, reduces the risk of nuclear war, and addresses climate change. I’m proud that four of my amendments were included in the final bill demanding transparency and accountability from the Trump Administration. As a veteran, I believe that Congress plays a critical role in ensuring our defense and national security policies are smart, strategic and sustainable. This NDAA allows us to advance American values while strengthening Congressional oversight.”