NDAA Passes, Includes Thirteen Fitzpatrick Amendments

Freshman Congressman Adds Most Amendments to Defense Legislation

July 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) joined the House Friday in passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included a stunning 13 amendments authored or sponsored by the freshman representative – more than any other member of Congress.

“From addressing water contamination from former and active military installations to putting American leadership and security first, I’m proud that the House accepted my amendments in overwhelming bipartisan fashion,” said Fitzpatrick. “When it comes to protecting our homeland, our families and our allies abroad, there is no room for partisanship. Each one of these measures strengthened the overall bill and deserve to be enacted into law.”

Fitzpatrick’s amendments include:

  • Water Contamination:
    • Amendment #37: Directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on the related health effects of exposure to PFOS/PFOA at military installations.
    • Amendment #104: Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to enter into intergovernmental agreements to provide for health screenings in communities near formerly used defense sites that have been identified by the Secretary as sources of perfluorooctanesuflonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid.
    • Amendment #290:  Requires a report on the Department’s progress developing and implementing alternatives to AFFF firefighting foam that do not contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), as the Department has already begun.
  • China:
    • Amendment #40: Requires DOD to include a description of any Chinese laws, regulations, or policies that could jeopardize the economic security of the United States in their Congressionally-required annual report on Chinese military and security development.
    • Amendment #56: Ensures the full reporting of freedom of navigation operations, including maritime claims that go unchallenged.
  • North Korean/Iranian Weapons Programs:
    • Amendment #42: Requires report to Congress regarding the extent of cooperation on nuclear programs, ballistic missile development, chemical and biological weapons development, or conventional weapons programs between Iran and North Korea.
  • Cyber Security:
    • Amendment #46: Directs the Secretary of Defense to define “deterrence” in a cyber operations landscape, and assess how this definition affects the overall cyber operations strategy in the Department of Defense.
    • Amendment #121: Expresses the sense of Congress that it is in the national security interest of the Department of Defense to assist Ukraine to improve its cybersecurity capabilities.
  • Terror Financing:
    • Amendment #282: Requires the Report on United States Strategy in Syria to include a description of amounts and sources of ISIL financing in Syria and efforts to disrupt this financing as part of the broader strategy of the United States in Syria.
  • Departmental Reform:
    • Amendment #39: Ensures that DOD's biennial core reporting procedures align with the reporting requirements in Section 2464 and each reporting agency provides accurate and complete information by having the Secretary of Defense direct the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to update DOD's guidance regarding future biennial core reports.
    • Amendment #44: Directs the Secretary of Defense to implement a process to coordinate annual research requests between all services and offices under Department of Defense in order to maximize the benefit of each request and minimize duplication.
    • Amendment #45: States that the Secretary of Defense shall direct all branches to establish a comprehensive strategy to determine capability gaps in training that can be rectified by virtual training, acquire the needed technology, and analyze effectiveness from using virtual training technology.
  • Honoring POW/MIA
    • Amendment #43: Directs the Secretary of Defense to raise the priority of completing DOD Directive 2310.07E in order to clarify processes and efficiencies in recovering the remains of heroes missing in action, via the POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

The NDAA is an annual federal legislation responsible for setting the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense. The bill now heads to a Conference Committee where it will be justified with the Senate version by members of both the House and Senate before a final vote later this summer.