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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

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Mr. RIVERA. Mr. Chairman, right now, I believe many Americans would be surprised, perhaps shocked to know that there are foreign businesses that also do business with terrorist nations that are currently engaged in contract and procurement activity with the Pentagon, with the Department of Defense. This, I believe, and I think most Americans would believe, is not only a threat to American security, but it is also threatening American jobs because these foreign businesses are taking opportunities from American-based businesses that could be contracting and procuring with the Pentagon.

This amendment would prohibit businesses that engage in business activity with terrorist nations--and those are nations that have been officially designated as sponsors of terrorism by our own government--from contracting and procurement opportunities with the Department of Defense.

This is an issue of protecting not only American security but of protecting American jobs, and I encourage its passage.

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