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Rep. Katie Porter Secures Pentagon Oversight Measures in House-Passed National Defense Bill

All eight amendments led by Congresswoman accepted on a broad bipartisan basis

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) secured eight amendments, including several proposals to increase accountability at the Pentagon, to a key defense bill passed by the House of Representatives. These amendments were accepted on a broad bipartisan basis and included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 that passed the House by a vote of 316-113. 

“The Pentagon does not have a get-out-jail-free card,” said Rep. Porter. “Congress has a responsibility to hold the Department of Defense accountable on behalf of the American people. I’m proud to have secured numerous changes to the House-passed defense bill that will better enable Congress to do critical oversight work, uphold human rights, and protect our national security.”

Porter’s amendments to the upcoming year’s NDAA would:

  • Require the Secretary of Defense to brief and deliver to Congress a report regarding recommendations to stop human trafficking by military contractors.
  • Conduct an independent study of lessons learned during the war in Afghanistan for security cooperation.
  • Increase transparency of Department of Defense reports delivered to Congress by requiring report summaries four times a year.
  • Audit NATO policies and processes for sexual assault and sexual harassment involving U.S. personnel.
  • Hold the Secretary of Defense accountable until the Pentagon delivers reports required by law and updates Congress on how the agency will comply with reporting requirements.
  • Maintain oversight of Pentagon programs to train and equip foreign militaries.
  • Direct the Secretary of Defense to work with other agency heads on a report to Congress on the risks posed to military infrastructure and readiness by wildland fire.
  • Make progress on having the U.S. government publicly release documents related to American weapons testing in the Marshall Islands during the Cold War.

Porter also helped lead successful efforts for NDAA provisions to improve mental health care and housing conditions for federal wildland firefighters, get answers on human rights abuses in Colombia and Nagorno-Karabakh, streamline decision-making for evacuating Americans and Afghan partners from Afghanistan, combat international corruption, and more.

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