The Bill “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019” Has Passed

The bill To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. has passed the House of Representatives

The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018. The sponsor was (R) Representative William M. Thornberry from TX.

Summary: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 This bill authorizes FY2019 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, including military personnel strengths. It does not provide budget authority, which is provided in subsequent appropriations legislation. The bill authorizes appropriations to DOD for: (1) Procurement, including aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and space procurement; (2) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation; (3) Operation and Maintenance; (4) Working Capital Funds; (5) Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction; (6) Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities; (7) the Defense Inspector General; (8) the Defense Health Program; (9) the Armed Forces Retirement Home; (10) Overseas Contingency Operations; and (11) Military Construction. The bill also authorizes the FY2019 personnel strength for active duty and reserve forces and sets forth policies regarding military personnel, acquisition policy and management, international programs, and National Guard and Reserve Forces facilities.

The bill is mainly related to these subjects; Armed Forces and National Security.

Bill amendments

  • Untitled Amendment
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 7: Nos. 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, and 167.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 6: Nos. 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 1333, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 144.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 5: Nos. 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, and 127.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 4: Nos. 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, and 109.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 3: Nos. 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91 and 92.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 2: Nos. 31, 32, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 and 76.
  • An amendment numbered 55 printed in House Report 115-702 to add the use of immigration programs and visas by the Chinese Communist Party to enter the United States for the purposes of political, academic, or social influence efforts to the strategy required in Section 1252.
  • An amendment numbered 50 printed in House Report 115-702 to reduce the amount authorized for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Weapons Account to the amount in the budget request.
  • An amendment numbered 43 printed in House Report 115-702 to authorize financial and visa sanctions against perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya by the Burmese military and security forces; limit U.S. military and security assistance with Burma until reforms take place; incentivize reform of the Burmese gemstone sector which is notoriously dominated by the military; and require a determination of what crimes the Burmese military committed, including genocide.
  • An amendment numbered 19 printed in House Report 115-702 to reinstate the Berry Amendment’s longstanding domestic sourcing requirement for stainless steel flatware and provides a one year phase-in period.
  • An amendment numbered 13 printed in House Report 115-702 to institute domestic sourcing requirements for dinner ware within the Department of Defense.
  • An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 115-702 to require the Secretary of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation- exposed veterans (Atomic Veterans).
  • Untitled Amendment
  • Untitled Amendment
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 1: Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, as modified, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 6: Nos. 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 amd 103.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 5: Nos. 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 and 86.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 4: Nos. 55, as modified, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, and 70.
  • An amendment comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 3: Nos. 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, and 54.

Bill Cosponsors

  • (D) Rep. Adam Smith from WA