Sequester replacement language approved for NDAA bill

The vote on Rigell's language was followed by a vote on an amendment from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to reduce the spending authorization in the bill by $8 billion. She and other Democrats oppose the GOP's NDAA bill because it authorizes $8 billion more than allowed under last year's Budget Control Act (BCA).

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Republicans say they are staying within the overall BCA cap by cutting more from other programs, and their argument carried the day — Lee's amendment failed 170-252.

The House considered several other amendments in roll call votes Friday morning, and approved 45 more in en bloc packages. They are numerous and non-controversial, and can be reviewed here.

Roll call vote results follow here:

• Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), expands the protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to include members of the military serving in a contingency operation, surviving spouses of service members whose deaths are service-connected, and veterans who are totally disabled at the time of discharge. The amendment would also repeal the sunset provision that is set to expire at the end of this year and would increase fines for violations of the SCRA. Passed 394-27.

• Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), limits funds authorized to be appropriated by this act to any institution or organization established by the Convention on the Law of the Sea, including the International Seabed Authority, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Passed 229-193.

• Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), authorizes the president to remove all Brigade Combat Teams that are permanently stationed in Europe and replace them with a rotational force. Passed 226-196.

• Rep. Coffman, amends policies that are biased against the use of private contractors for some work at DOD. Failed 209-211.

• Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), prohibits funds authorized in this act from being used for the transfer, reduction or elimination of Air National Guard units supporting an Air and Space Operations Center or an Air Force Forces Staff until the impact of the unit's loss and certain other information is provided to Congress by the secretary of Defense and the comptroller general. The amendment would also redirect funds from the Ballistic Missile Defense Midcourse Defense Segment for the replacement of this unit. Failed 192-229.

• Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), eliminates the maximum age limitation for individuals seeking to enlist in the U.S. military who are otherwise qualified for service. Failed 164-256.

• Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), prohibits military promotion boards from considering any information from official documents, word of mouth or in writing on the pursuit of treatment or counseling for mental health or addiction issues. The amendment would also require the secretary of Defense to inform members of the armed services of this prohibition and the limited exceptions. Failed 180-241.

• Del. Gregorio Sablan (I-Northern Mariana Islands), includes the Northern Mariana Islands as an eligible location, in addition to the United States and Guam, for the overhaul, repair and maintenance of naval vessels and other vessels under the jurisdiction of the secretary of the Navy. Failed 118-303.

• Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), appoints a special envoy for Iran to ensure that all diplomatic avenues are pursued to avoid a war with Iran and to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The amendment would also prevent funds appropriated to any executive agency of the government from being used to carry out any military operation against Iran unless the president seeks express prior authorization from Congress. Failed 77-344.

• Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), strikes section 3156 from the bill, to kill a $150 million program to license the rights for domestic uranium enrichment. Failed 121-300.

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