Amendments focus on military childcare and foreign private military companies
Cincinnati, OH – Today, Congressman Greg Landsman (OH-01) announced that two amendments he offered to the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act have been added to the bill in a bipartisan vote.
Two amendments Congressman Landsman offered in the U.S. House of Representatives to the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) have been added the final NDAA bill in a bipartisan vote.
Set to be voted on in the House today, the NDAA is legislation passed by Congress each year that outlines the policies and funding levels for the U.S. Department of Defense as well as overall defensive, military, and national security priorities and strategies.
As part of congressional negotiations over the NDAA bill, Congressman Landsman introduced an amendment that will commission a study into the feasibility of guaranteeing childcare for members of the National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air Force Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve. With National Guard and reserve members required to be available on short notice – including for weeks of training and responses to emergency and national disaster situations – the lack of access to childcare can be disruptive to these members and their families.
Congressman Landsman introduced a second amendment to the NDAA bill that will commission a report on foreign private military companies and the threats they pose to U.S. national security. The amendment is aimed at developing a comprehensive understanding of organizations like the Wagner Group, a Russia-based private military company known for its brutal actions in Ukraine, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as other private military companies.
“I am committed to delivering bipartisan results, especially those focused on ensuring our military and reserve forces are ready for the challenges they face,” said Congressman Landsman. “These bipartisan amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act will improve the lives of our servicemembers and their families and ensure the Department of Defense is ready for the emerging threats America faces.”
Upon House and Senate passage and agreement of a final NDAA bill with Congressman Landsman’s amendments included, the bill will be sent to the president to be signed into law. The full text of Congressman Landsman’s childcare amendment can be found here, and the full text of the private military companies amendment can be found here.