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HR 2500 - National Defense Authorization Act - National Key Vote

John Joyce voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (220-197) - (Key vote)
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Title: National Defense Authorization Act

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that appropriates defense funding and sets policies for the Department of Defense programs and activities.

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  • Prohibits any federal funding from being used for any military force in or against Iran unless Congress has either declared war or enacted specific statutory authorization for such use of military force after the date of this act’s enactment that meets the requirements of the War Powers Resolution (Sec. 1229).

  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to, no later than 120 days after the enactment of this act, submit a report to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees identifying the number of individuals to whom the following applied during the reporting period for such report (Sec. 597):

    • Diagnosed with a covered medical condition either prior to entering or as a member of the Armed Forces; 

    • Presumptively denied entrance into the Armed Forces as a result of a covered medical condition; 

    • Applied for a service waiver as a result of a covered medical condition; 

    • Received a service waiver for a covered medical condition; 

    • Denied a service waiver for a covered medical condition; and

    • Separated from the Armed Forces as a result of a covered medical condition. 

  • Defines “covered medical condition” as gender dysphoria, gender transition treatment, or any other condition relating to gender dysphoria or gender transition treatment. 

  • Prohibits any of the funds authorized by this act or otherwise appropriated for fiscal year 2020 for the Department of Defense from being expended for any exhibition or parade of military forces and hardware, with the exception of the display of small arms and munitions appropriate for customary ceremonial honors and for the participation of military units that perform customary ceremonial duties, for review by the president in a public or private exercise outside of authorized military operations (Sec. 1050B).

  • Prohibits any of the funds authorized by this act, or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2020 for the Department of Defense, to be used to deploy the W76-2 low-yield warhead (Sec. 1646).

  • Prohibits amounts appropriated to the Department of Defense from being used to detain or transfer any individual to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, except if the individual was detained under the Military Commissions Act on or after May 2, 2018 (Sec. 1033).

  • Prohibits any of the funds appropriated by the act or any other act from being made available to process a commercial sale or foriegn military sale, transfer, delivery, or facilitation of any defense article or service to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates (Sec. 1270G).

  • Prohibits any of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this act from being used to provide the following forms of United States support to Saudi-led coalition's operations against the Houthis in Yemen (Sec. 1270H):

    • Sharing intelligence for the purpose of enabling coalition strikes; and

    • Providing logistical support for coalition strikes, including by providing maintenance or transferring spare parts to coalition members flying war planes engaged in anti-Houthi bombings.

  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on its plan to transfer funds to the Senate Arms Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the report must include the following information (Sec. 1210A):

    • A list of foreign assistance programs and activities that should receive support under such authority on a priority basis, including foreign assistance programs and activities for the US Agency for International Development and the Department of State; and 

    • A justification for providing such support to such programs and activities, including how such programs and activities relate to the National Security Strategy and National Military Strategy. 

  • Prohibits any funds made available for the Department of Defense to be expended at Trump properties or to an entity with an ownership interest in the properties including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1050A):

    • Trump Vineyard Estates;

    • Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago; 

    • Mar-A-Lago Club; 

    • Trump Grande Sunny Isles; and 

    • Trump Hollywood. 

  • Specifies that President Trump may issue a waiver to the limitation for costs incurred for the properties listed above if the President reimburses the Department of the Treasury for the cost of expenses (Sec. 1050B). 

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Title: National Defense Authorization Act

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