Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick adds amendments to defense spending bill
North Korea, cybersecurity and ISIS financing are the topics of some amendments introduced to the defense spending bill by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, Middletown, Tuesday.
Last week, Fitzpatrick proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act dealing with local municipalities' water contaminated by the use of perfluorinated compounds on military bases.
The new amendments have gone more global, compelling executive departments to keep Congress updated on developments in certain international issues.
"As Congress considers the Department of Defense’s budget and mission priorities, I’m pushing for common sense foreign policies that project strength and purpose, with the goal of keeping our homeland secure," said Fitzpatrick in a statement. "These amendments will make the NDAA a better, more effective tool for American defense."
- An amendment requiring the Department of Defense to include in its annual report on Chinese military and security development a description of recently drafted or implemented Chinese actions that could jeopardize the national economic security of the United States;
- An amendment advising the secretary of defense to refrain from inviting the military forces of a nation to participate in Pacific Rim naval exercises and withdraw any invitation extended to a nation to participate if the secretary determines that such nation is engaged in actions that limit the right to freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea;
- Ensuring the full reporting of freedom of navigation operations, including maritime claims that go unchallenged;
- Requiring an annual report from the (Department of Defense) regarding the extent of cooperation on any weapons programs between Iran and North Korea;
- Expressing the United States should assist Ukraine to improve its cybersecurity capabilities;
- Requiring the report on United States Strategy in Syria to include a description of the amounts and sources of ISIS financing in Syria and efforts to disrupt this financing.
The NDAA is an annual federal bill responsible for setting the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense. House and Senate lawmakers have the opportunity to add amendments to the bill directing the use or resources, which are then considered and voted on by the legislative bodies.