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Congresswoman Laura Richardson Won Passage of Three Critically Important Amendments in the National Defense Authorization Act

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Another Demonstration of the Congresswoman's Legislative Prowess and her Ability to Work across the Aisle

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson's three amendments were included in H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 which passed the House by a vote of 299 to 120. Congresswoman Richardson's three amendments were the most of any member of the Los Angeles County Delegation to be included in the bill.

H.R. 4310, the House version of the annual defense authorization bill, sets policy for the Pentagon and national security programs at the Energy Department. It also sets priorities for weapons programs, allocates about $1 billion for Israeli missile defense, and requires reports on planned troop draw downs from Afghanistan.

Three Richardson Amendments:

Richardson Amendment #142 is a bipartisan amendment co-sponsored by Congressman Don Young from Alaska. The Young/Richardson amendment calls for the expedited completion of the study of the Nation's strategic ports called for in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report. This amendment directs the DoD to provide a copy of the report to the GAO for additional review of the extent to which the facilities at strategic seaports meet the DoD's

requirements.

Richardson Amendment #19 simply adds Department of Defense (DoD) websites to the list of places for posting information on sexual assault prevention and response resources. As the bill is currently written, it lists six public DoD locations where this information needs to be posted. Many people get their information online, sexual assault prevention and other resources may not be highly visible in these public locations especially if posted with other information. Additionally, a sexual assault victim may be reluctant to acquire the needed contact information in a public setting.

Richardson Amendment #20 improves the bill by increasing the effectiveness of the Northern Command ("NORTHCOM") in fulfilling its critical mission of protecting the U.S. homeland in the event of war and to provide support to local, state and federal authorities in times of national emergency.

"These amendments are common sense rules that just make sense and support the men and women in the Armed Forces," said Congresswoman Laura Richardson. "In times of war the role of the ports is to protect the forts."

The bill authorizes $7 billion more than last year's $547 billion policy bill and $4 billion more than the president's fiscal 2013 request. An additional $88.5 billion is authorized for fiscal 2013 war operations, $27 billion less than the amount authorized for the current year, reflecting the changes in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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