June 27th, 2019

Two bills are being discussed in Congress:

H.R.2722 – SAFE Act – The bill establishes requirements for voting systems, including that systems (1) use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots; (2) make a voter’s marked ballot available for inspection and verification by the voter before the vote is cast; (3) ensure that individuals with disabilities are given an equivalent opportunity to vote, including with privacy and independence, in a manner that produces a voter-verified paper ballot; and (4) be manufactured in the United States.

S.1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 – This bill authorizes FY2020 appropriations and sets forth policies regarding the military activities of the Department of Defense (DOD), military construction, and the national security programs of the Department of Energy (DOE). It does not provide budget authority, which is provided in subsequent appropriations legislation.

The bill authorizes appropriations to DOD for (1) Procurement, including helicopters, weapons, aircraft, vessels, shipbuilding and conversion, and missiles; (2) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation; and (3) Operation and Maintenance.

The bill also authorizes the FY2020 personnel strengths for active duty and reserve forces.

The bill authorizes appropriations and sets forth policies regarding

  • military personnel;
  • compensation and other personnel benefits;
  • health care;
  • acquisition policy and management;
  • DOD organization and management;
  • matters relating to foreign nations;
  • cooperative threat reduction;
  • working capital funds;
  • chemical agents and munitions destruction;
  • drug interdiction and counter-drug activities;
  • the Defense Inspector General;
  • the Defense Health Program;
  • the National Defense Sealift Fund;
  • Overseas Contingency Operations;
  • strategic programs, cyber, and intelligence matters; and
  • the establishment of the Space Force within the Air Force.

The bill authorizes appropriations and sets forth policies regarding military construction for the Army, Navy, Air Force, defense agencies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and Guard and Reserve Forces facilities.

The bill authorizes appropriations for base realignment and closure (BRAC) activities and prohibits an additional BRAC round.

The bill also authorizes appropriations and sets forth policies for DOE national security programs, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

The bill authorizes appropriations for the Maritime Administration.

Tweets from Congress (Filtered via 4PIA):

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D): “Painful to see Trump refuse to stand up to Putin on election interference. If Americans can’t depend on #POTUS to do the right thing for our national security, it’s on us to act. That’s why we passed the SAFE Act today – so we can prevent foreign election meddling once & for all”

Rep. Gary Palmer (R): “Today, I spoke on the House floor to oppose H.R. 2722, which would put onerous regulations on federal elections, including a mandate on paper ballots…”

Sen. John Barrasso (R): “Having passed the Senate with bipartisan support, there is no good reason for House Democrats to block this defense bill. Signing #NDAA into law quickly will give our servicemen & women the tools they need to defend our nation.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D): “Today I was proud to support passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides support for U.S. service members in Delaware and around the world.”

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