Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Lifts Off on Resupply Mission to the International Space Station

05/21/2018: NASA Image of the Day

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the International Space Station and its crew.

Government at Work - The White House

1/17/17: White House Press Briefing

01/17/2017: White House Press Briefings

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

A Gem from the Archive: Happy Birthday, POTUS!

08/04/2016: White House Video

https://youtu.be/0TEDzAkM8Ps

The President meets with the summer interns of 2009 at the White House, and they surprise him with a birthday serenade and card. His parting words to them are, "The American people are waiting for you, they are ready for your leadership."

Weekly Address: The Honor of Serving You as President

01/14/2017: President Obama's Weekly Address

President Obama delivered his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man.

Government at Work - Today

Amendments to H.R. 5515 - FY19 NDAA

05/21/2018: US House of Reps

You can also receive live amendment updates by following us on Twitter, @RepCloakroom

Amendments are debatable for 10 minutes each unless otherwise noted. Amendments offered En Bloc are debatable for 20 minutes.

Amendments to H.R. 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019


Thornberry (R-TX) – Amendment No. 1 - States that the Secretary of Defense shall establish an innovators database within the Department of Defense. The database will focus on small business innovators that receive funds under the SBIR/SBTR programs.

Nolan (D-MN) – Amendment No. 2 - Strikes the authorization of funds made available under the Overseas Contingency Operations account. (Title XV).

Gabbard (D-HI)
– Amendment No. 3 - Strikes section 1225, a required strategy to counter destabilizing activities of Iran

Aguilar (D-CA)
- Amendment No. 4 - Adds to an already-mandated annual report, this amendment would require DoD to include a 20-year estimate of the projected life cycle costs of each type of nuclear weapon and delivery platform in its text.

Blumenauer (D-OR), Welch (D-VT), Garamendi (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 5 - Limits 50% of the funding for the W76-2 warhead modification program until the Secretary of Defense submits a report assessing the program's impacts on strategic stability and options to reduce the risk of miscalculation.

Russell (R-OK)
– Amendment No. 6 - Expands expedited hiring authority for college graduates government-wide to fill critical-need jobs.

Pearce (R-NM)
– Amendment No. 7 - Amends the Development Test & Evaluation strategic plan to expand the period taken into account when assessing DoD Test and Evaluation resources from a 10-year period to a 30-year period. It also expands the report requirements, specifically, the assessment of facility and resources requirements to analyze test and evaluations needs in Missile Defense, Cyberspace Operations, Direct Energy, and Hypersonics.

Langevin (D-RI), Stefanik (R-NY) – Amendment No. 8 - Increases funding by $3 million to be used for divertor test tokamak research and development.

Sinema (D-AZ), Gallego (D-AZ), Biggs (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 9 - States that the sense of the Congress that government-owned mobile technologies remain at risk for targeting or data breaches placing at risk information that could harm national security. Requests a briefing by DOD on threats posed by credential theft, active surveillance from mics and cameras, and tracking of user movements and location; commercial availability of technologies to mitigate these threats; and strategies and feasibility of deploying mobile security technologies within the Department.

Wilson, Joe (R-SC), Norcross (D-NJ), Hudson (R-NC), Peters, Scott (D-CA) – Amendment No. 10 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on developing a plan to site, construct, and operate at least one licensed micro-reactor at a critical national security facility by 2028.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 11 - Expands the Additive Manufacturing Centers of Excellence program to include On-the-job training.

Cartwright (D-PA), Cole (R-OK)
– Amendment No. 12 - Requires the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the military service secretaries and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff services to provide the percentage, as well as the dollar value and number of direct labor hours of depot maintenance that was performed in the public and the private sector by major commodity over the past five fiscal years.

Ruiz (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 13 - Requires Department of Defense to conduct a study on the feasibility of phasing out the use of burn pits by using technology incinerators.

Meng (D-NY)
– Amendment No. 14 - Permits any member of the armed services who gives birth to be exempt from deployment for 12 months after such birth unless they request deployment. Current bill text only covers members who give birth while on active duty.

Napolitano (D-CA), McKinley (R-WV)
– Amendment No. 15 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to evaluate the pilot Jobs ChalleNGe Programs and submit a report of findings and recommendations 120 days after the end of the fiscal year.

Napolitano (D-CA), Calvert (R-CA)
– Amendment No. 16 - Ensures equipment and facilities of the United States, a state, a county or a local government may also be transferred to the National Guard for purpose of carrying out the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.

Pascrell (D-NJ)
– Amendment No. 17 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to include blast exposure history as part of soldier service records in order to ensure that, if medical issues arise later, soldiers receive care for any service-connect injuries.

Gonzalez, Vicente (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 18 - Requires the Secretary of the Army, Air Force, and Navy to encourage high schools with U.S. Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps to include cyber security educational programs and awareness in the curriculum. This includes lessons on cyber defense, risks of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the military, and pursuing studies and careers in cybersecurity and related fields within defense.

Heck, Denny (D-WA)
– Amendment No. 19 - Requires the Department of Defense to publish certain information regarding the housing market around major infrastructure to better inform servicemembers on the use of their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). It also calls for a Government Accountability Report on the data gathering used to set BAH rates.

Welch (D-VT), Cook (R-CA) – Amendment No. 20 - Authorizes the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, which assists National Guard and Reservists families with assistance before, during, and after deployment, including outreach services for employment and financial counseling, suicide prevention, and housing advocacy.

Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 21 - Directs the Secretary concerned to make the application for transfer, including determinations and actions regarding the application, confidential for students of military academies who are victims of sexual assault.

Esty (D-CT)
– Amendment No. 22 - Requires the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a joint definition of “military sexual trauma” for use in all aspects of delivering relevant care and benefits to service members and veterans.

Soto (D-FL)
– Amendment No. 23 - Requires the inclusion of resources available to treat victims of military sexual trauma as part of the required service member preseparation counseling.

Meng (D-NY) –
Amendment No. 24 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to permit military parents flexible (non-continuous) maternity and parental leave.

Pocan (D-WI)
– Amendment No. 25 - Requires the National Guard Bureau to re-examine the contract and wage determinations for a contractor it utilizes for Guard support services, and to report its findings back to Congress.

Schrader (D-OR)
– Amendment No. 26 - Exempts members of the Armed Forces who voluntarily separated from active duty, are involuntarily recalled, and incur a 100 percent service-connected disability during that time from the requirement to repay voluntary separation pay.

Pearce (R-NM)
– Amendment No. 27 - Creates a streamlined process for wounded warriors to cross train into the emerging field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), regardless of their AFSC, MOS or military branch as a pilot or sensor operator in the Air Force.

Davis, Rodney (R-IL), O'Rourke (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 28 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to revise the Department of Defense Instruction 1300.18 to extend travel privileges via Invitational Travel Authorization to family members of members of the Armed Forces who die outside of the United States and whose remains are returned to the United States through the mortuary facility at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

DelBene (D-WA)
– Amendment No. 29 - Removes the 25 percent cap on garnishment of military retirement pay to satisfy a judgement rendered for physically, sexually, or emotionally abusing a child.

Jones (R-NC)
– Amendment No. 30 - If the Secretary of Defense determines that appropriate educational programs are not available through a local educational agency for dependents of retirees residing on a military installation in the United States, the Secretary may enter into arrangements to provide for the elementary or secondary education of the dependents of such retirees.

Hudson (R-NC), Castor (D-FL)
– Amendment No. 31 - Requires a report from the SECDEF examining the current process for awarding Imminent Danger Pay and Hostile Fire Pay for members of the Armed Forces.

Coffman (R-CO) –
Amendment No. 32 - Expresses the sense of Congress stating that under the special survivor indemnity allowance, surviving spouses and dependent children of members who die of a service-connected cause will not be subject to a full offset of survivor benefit plan payments by dependency and indemnity compensation, commonly referred to as the "widows' tax".

Donovan (R-NY)
– Amendment No. 33 - Requires the Department of Defense to reevaluate the disparity in payments between the Military Housing Area for Staten Island, and the Military Housing Area for the rest of New York City, in an effort to resolve this inequity.

Lujan Grisham (D-NM) –
Amendment No. 34 - Provides compensation and credit for retired pay purposes for maternity leave taken by members of the reserve components.

Rouzer (R-NC)
– Amendment No. 35 - Allows terminally ill participants in the Survivor Benefit Plan to elect a new beneficiary as opposed to waiting for an Open Season.

Graves, Garret (R-LA) – Amendment No. 36 - Requires a report regarding the management of military commissaries and exchanges.

Soto (D-FL), Murphy, Stephanie (D-FL) – Amendment No. 37 - Adds universities to the list of entities authorized to partner with the Department of Defense’s pilot program on treatment of members of the armed forces for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to military sexual trauma.

Carson (D-IN) - Amendment No. 38 - Makes permanent the Department of Defense’s existing requirement to provide mental health assessments to service members during deployment.

Kuster, Ann (D-NH) – Amendment No. 39 - Requires health providers to provide transitioning service members information and referrals for counseling and treatment of substance use disorders and chronic pain management services, when appropriate.

Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 40 - Permits the Secretary of Defense to develop a burn patient transfer system which includes military and civilian burn centers that could be used during mass casualty events.

González-Colón (R-PR) – Amendment No. 41 - Requires the Department of Defense to study and report on how the TriCare program for health care for active military and retired-veteran family members is applied in Puerto Rico, and the feasibility of having the TriCare Prime benefit apply to residents therein on the same basis as for residents in the mainland states. Indicates subjects the study should include.

Velázquez (D-NY)
– Amendment No. 42 - Requires the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to the congressional defense committees a report containing a study of the immediate, long-term, and potential ongoing health effects of the live-fire training at Vieques Naval Training Range conducted by the Navy before 2002 and other activities of the armed forces on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Smucker (R-PA)
– Amendment No. 43 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the congressional defense committees (HASC and SASC) that describes the shortage of mental health providers of the Department of Defense and contains a strategy to better recruit and retain mental health providers.

Jones (R-NC), Moulton (D-MA)
– Amendment No. 44 - Creates a study on earning by special operations, and forces medics of credits towards a physician assistant degree.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Barr (R-KY)
– Amendment No. 45 - Requires DoD to study the effects of the anesthetic shortage on military healthcare and propose methods for mitigating any harm arising as a result of this shortage

Kuster, Ann (D-NH)
– Amendment No. 46 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to provide the Department of Veterans Affairs a report detailing “lessons learned” in fielding and resolving issues found during IOT&E of MHS Genesis.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 47 - Requires DoD to report on the steps taken to prevent and treat opioid use among DoD dependents, including counseling, data sharing, and intervention strategies.

Smucker (R-PA)
– Amendment No. 48 - Requires that the Secretary of Defense must submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the House and Senate a report on the Department of Defense’s efforts to review and monitor the medication prescribing practices of its providers based on DOD’s guideline recommendations to treat PTSD. DOD must establish a monitoring program carried out by each branch of the Armed Services to conduct periodic reviews of the medication prescribing practices of its own providers.

Banks (R-IN), Bucshon (R-IN), Hollingsworth (R-IN)
– Amendment No. 49 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to Congress prior to reorganizing, restructuring, or eliminating any position or offices in Section 811.

Mitchell (R-MI)
– Amendment No. 50 - Requires a review of regulations relating to the acquisition of commercial products and services, promotes the use of interagency acquisitions, and improves the process for acquiring services based on hourly rates when using multiple award contracts.

Graves, Garret (R-LA)
– Amendment No. 51 - Exempts an individual acquisition for commercial leasing services from enhanced competition requirements for the purchase of property and services by executive agencies if such individual acquisition is made on a no cost basis and pursuant to a multiple award contract in accordance with requirements for full and open competition. The Government Accountability Office must conduct biennial audits of the GSA National Broker Contract, conduct a review of the application of enhanced competition requirements, and report on such audits and reviews.

Adams (D-NC)
– Amendment No. 52 - Directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that the SCORE program and each of its chapters develop and implement plans and goals to provide services more effectively and efficiently to individuals in rural areas, economically disadvantaged communities, and other traditionally underserved communities, including plans for electronic initiatives, web-based initiatives, chapter expansion, partnerships, and the development of new skills by participating volunteers.

Espaillat (D-NY), Velázquez (D-NY)
– Amendment No. 53 - Establishes that Procurement Technical Assistance Centers are authorized to form an association to pursue matters of common concern that is recognized by the Secretary of Defense.

Connolly (D-VA) –
Amendment No. 54 - Directs the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy to develop a definition for and track procurement administrative lead time (PALT).

Conaway (R-TX)
– Amendment No. 55 - Makes a technical correction that clarifies language to accurately include business systems, which are integral to the department’s auditability efforts.

Turner (R-OH)
– Amendment No. 56 - Strikes the reauthorization of the National Aviation Heritage Area (section 1076).

Burgess (R-TX), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Lance (R-NJ), DeFazio (D-OR), Jones (R-NC), Welch (D-VT), Lewis, Jason (R-MN), Schakowsky (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 57 - Requires a report ranking all military departments and Defense Agencies in order of how advanced they are in achieving auditable financial statements as required by law.

Ruiz (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 58 - Requires Department of Defense to carry out an annual education campaign to inform servicemembers exposed to burn pits who qualify to enroll in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits Registry of such eligibility.

Esty (D-CT)
– Amendment No. 59 - Expresses the sense of Congress that the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense should coordinate to prevent the unauthorized flight of unmanned aircraft over Arlington National Cemetery.

Young, Don (R-AK), Larsen, Rick (D-WA)
– Amendment No. 60 - Directs the SECDEF to report on an updated Arctic Strategy to improve and enhance joint operations. The report shall also include an assessment of Russia’s aggressive buildup of military assets and infrastructure in the Arctic, as well as China’s efforts to influence Arctic policy.

Jackson Lee (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 61 - Directs Secretary of Navy to submit report to Congress on the feasibility of applying desalinization technologies to provide drought relief in areas impacted by sharp declines in water availability for both military as well as civilian purposes.

Young, Don (R-AK)
– Amendment No. 62 - Directs the SECDEF to expedite DoD compliance of requirements relating to reciprocity of security clearance and access determinations per Section 3001 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Gosar (R-AZ)
– Amendment No. 63 - Requires National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform an assessment to determine if certain individuals exposed to nuclear fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing by the federal government at the Nevada Test Site contracted certain cancers as a result of that testing and should be eligible for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

Denham (R-CA)
– Amendment No. 64 - Requires USDA to provide guidance and resources for individuals interested in using GI benefits for agricultural education programs.

Young, Don (R-AK) – Amendment No. 65 - Directs the SECDEF to engage with local indigenous communities for their traditional knowledge when developing Arctic survival curriculum.

Yoder (R-KS) – Amendment No. 66 - Adds Email Privacy Act.

Lawrence (D-MI) – Amendment No. 67 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to share lessons learned and best practices on progress of gender integration implementation in the Armed Forces.

Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 68 - Requires a report on the readiness of the National Guard and Reserve to respond to natural disasters.

Poe (R-TX) – Amendment No. 69 - Reduces the amount of CSF reimbursements the Secretary of Defense can send to Pakistan without certifying that Pakistan has taken action against the Haqqani Network from $350 million to $200 million.

Abraham (R-LA)
– Amendment No. 70 - Expresses a sense of Congress in support of the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and their contributions to fighting and defeating ISIS.

Perry (R-PA) – Amendment No. 71 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to report on the incorporation of violent extremist organizations into the Iraq military and such organizations access to U.S.-provided training and equipment.

Schneider (D-IL), Meadows (R-NC) – Amendment No. 72 - Amends Section 1225 (Strategy to counter destabilizing activities of Iran) to include the countries in which Iran is operating, assessing their destabilizing activities and implications thereof.

Schneider (D-IL), Meadows (R-NC) – Amendment No. 73 - Requires a report on Iran’s support for proxy forces in Syria and Lebanon, including Hizballah, and an assessment of the threat posed to Israel and other U.S. regional allies.

Ellison (D-MN), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Khanna (D-CA), Schakowsky (D-IL), McGovern (D-MA), Jones (R-NC)
– Amendment No. 74 - Adds language expressing the sense of Congress that the use of military force is not authorized against Iran.

Ellison (D-MN), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Khanna (D-CA), Schakowsky (D-IL), McGovern (D-MA), Jones (R-NC) – Amendment No. 75 - Adds language clarifying that the bill is not an authorization for the use of military force against Iran.

Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Jones (R-NC) – Amendment No. 76 - Requires a report from the Secretary of Defense on the progress made under the United States-Afghan Compact

Roskam (R-IL) – Amendment No. 77 - Expresses a sense of Congress of the threats posed by Iran’s ballistic missile program.

Yoho (R-FL) – Amendment No. 78 - Reinstatements of reporting requirements with respect to United States-Hong Kong relations.

Connolly (D-VA), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) – Amendment No. 79 - Requires a North Korea human rights report on efforts related to repatriation of U.S. Armed Forces remains, Korean-American family reunifications, and travel security risks.

Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Welch (D-VT) – Amendment No. 80 - States that nothing in this Act may be construed as authorizing the use of force against North Korea.

Khanna (D-CA) – Amendment No. 81 - Ensures nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the use of force against North Korea.

Yoho (R-FL) – Amendment No. 82 - Modifications of freedom of navigation reporting requirements.

Frankel (D-FL) – Amendment No. 83 - Expresses a sense of Congress that continued United States leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is critical to the national security of the United States.

Delaney (D-MD), Wagner (R-MO) – Amendment No. 84 - Adds a Sense of Congress that reaffirms the U.S. commitment to NATO and includes appreciate for its continued effort in combating terrorism.

Bishop, Mike (R-MI)
– Amendment No. 85 - Expresses a sense of Congress that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries should meet or exceed their 2 percent Gross Domestic Product commitment to defense spending.

Gohmert (R-TX) – Amendment No. 86 - Requires the SECDEF in coordination with the Secretary of State to submit a report that contains an assessment of the threats posed to the United States by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Walz (D-MN), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 87 - Directs the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency to submit to the Secretary of Defense and the HASC, HPSCI, HFAC, SASC, SSCI, and SCFR a report on the military training center and logistical capabilities of the Chinese and Russian armies.

Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 88 - Condemns the actions of Boko Haram and directs that the Secretary of Defense submit a report on efforts to combat Boko Haram.

Lieu (D-CA) – Amendment No. 89 - Requires a report by the Secretaries of State and Defense on foreign interference in Libya, including actions that violate the United Nations arms embargo, undermine U.S. interests or promote the presence of U.S. adversaries in Libya.

Boyle (D-PA) – Amendment No. 90 - States that sense of Congress the U.S. should lead an international coalition to counter hybrid threats.

Castro (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 91 - Adds sections on the East China Sea and the Indian Ocean to the annual Department of Defense report on Chinese military activities.

Schneider (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 92 - Amends Section 1685 (NIE with respect to Russian and Chinese interference in Democratic countries) to require a report on DOD efforts to deter such interference.

Pearce (R-NM), Lujan (D-NM)
– Amendment No. 93 - Requests a Space Launch study and report identifying vulnerabilities and capacity concerns of the current launch facilities.

Soto (D-FL)
– Amendment No. 94 - Includes cybersecurity and computer programming into the JROTC curriculum.

Aguilar (D-CA), Chu (D-CA), Bishop, Sanford (D-GA), Carbajal (D-CA), Johnson, Hank (D-GA), Norton (D-DC), Correa (D-CA), Veasey (D-TX), Serrano (D-NY), Hastings, Alcee (D-FL), Lujan (D-NM), Kelly, Robin (D-IL), Lowenthal (D-CA), Brown (D-MD), Fudge (D-OH), Takano (D-CA), Butterfield (D-NC), Rush (D-IL), Hanabusa (D-HI)
– Amendment No. 95 - Helps students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) access the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program. (OPPORTUNITY Act; HR 5746).

Comstock (R-VA)
– Amendment No. 96 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the transition of the SharkSeer program to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Jackson Lee (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 97 - Seeks a report on the feasibility of the DoD developing a cybersecurity apprentice program that provides on the job training for certain cybersecurity positions and in support of acquisition of cybersecurity certifications.

Thompson, Mike (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 98 - Provides for the Secretary of the Navy to conduct work necessitated by Naval remediation activities, to conduct mitigation work as necessary, and to report to Congress within 120 days the process by which the work and mitigation will be completed.

Kinzinger (R-IL), Hultgren (R-IL), Kelly, Robin (D-IL), Rush (D-IL), Foster (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 99 - Extends lifespan of waste disposal site use by US Army.

Culberson (R-TX) –
Amendment No. 100 - Establishes grant funding for the preservation of our nation’s historic battleships.

Lujan (D-NM), Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
– Amendment No. 101 - Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should compensate and recognize all of the miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.

Tipton (R-CO)
– Amendment No. 102 - Ensures that royalty payments from the Anvil Points fund that have been returned to Colorado do not impact the 2019 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) disbursements for recipient counties.

Pearce (R-NM)
– Amendment No. 103 - Calls for modification to the boundaries between White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument.

Government at Work - Alerts

Staying Upright (A Cup of Health with CDC)

05/17/2018: A Cup of Health with CDC

https://tools.cdc.gov/podcasts/download.mp3?m=302086&c=380446&e=6289750

Falls are the largest contributor to injury-related deaths among adults 65 and older. In this podcast, Elizabeth Burns discusses ways to prevent injuries and deaths from falls among senior adults.

Disaster Recovery/SBA Loan Outreach Centers Will Close For the Holiday

12/21/2017: FEMA Region 9

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma County will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of the holiday weekend.

The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28.

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Europe Travel Alert

11/16/2017: International Travel Alerts

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. 

Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. Last year, mass casualty attacks occurred at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany in December and a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey on New Year’s Eve. While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should also:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Have an emergency plan of action ready.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

We continue to work closely with our European partners and allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

For further information:

Government at Work - Archives

Amendments to H.R. 5515 - FY19 NDAA

05/21/2018: US House of Reps

You can also receive live amendment updates by following us on Twitter, @RepCloakroom

Amendments are debatable for 10 minutes each unless otherwise noted. Amendments offered En Bloc are debatable for 20 minutes.

Amendments to H.R. 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019


Thornberry (R-TX) – Amendment No. 1 - States that the Secretary of Defense shall establish an innovators database within the Department of Defense. The database will focus on small business innovators that receive funds under the SBIR/SBTR programs.

Nolan (D-MN) – Amendment No. 2 - Strikes the authorization of funds made available under the Overseas Contingency Operations account. (Title XV).

Gabbard (D-HI)
– Amendment No. 3 - Strikes section 1225, a required strategy to counter destabilizing activities of Iran

Aguilar (D-CA)
- Amendment No. 4 - Adds to an already-mandated annual report, this amendment would require DoD to include a 20-year estimate of the projected life cycle costs of each type of nuclear weapon and delivery platform in its text.

Blumenauer (D-OR), Welch (D-VT), Garamendi (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 5 - Limits 50% of the funding for the W76-2 warhead modification program until the Secretary of Defense submits a report assessing the program's impacts on strategic stability and options to reduce the risk of miscalculation.

Russell (R-OK)
– Amendment No. 6 - Expands expedited hiring authority for college graduates government-wide to fill critical-need jobs.

Pearce (R-NM)
– Amendment No. 7 - Amends the Development Test & Evaluation strategic plan to expand the period taken into account when assessing DoD Test and Evaluation resources from a 10-year period to a 30-year period. It also expands the report requirements, specifically, the assessment of facility and resources requirements to analyze test and evaluations needs in Missile Defense, Cyberspace Operations, Direct Energy, and Hypersonics.

Langevin (D-RI), Stefanik (R-NY) – Amendment No. 8 - Increases funding by $3 million to be used for divertor test tokamak research and development.

Sinema (D-AZ), Gallego (D-AZ), Biggs (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 9 - States that the sense of the Congress that government-owned mobile technologies remain at risk for targeting or data breaches placing at risk information that could harm national security. Requests a briefing by DOD on threats posed by credential theft, active surveillance from mics and cameras, and tracking of user movements and location; commercial availability of technologies to mitigate these threats; and strategies and feasibility of deploying mobile security technologies within the Department.

Wilson, Joe (R-SC), Norcross (D-NJ), Hudson (R-NC), Peters, Scott (D-CA) – Amendment No. 10 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on developing a plan to site, construct, and operate at least one licensed micro-reactor at a critical national security facility by 2028.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 11 - Expands the Additive Manufacturing Centers of Excellence program to include On-the-job training.

Cartwright (D-PA), Cole (R-OK)
– Amendment No. 12 - Requires the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the military service secretaries and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff services to provide the percentage, as well as the dollar value and number of direct labor hours of depot maintenance that was performed in the public and the private sector by major commodity over the past five fiscal years.

Ruiz (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 13 - Requires Department of Defense to conduct a study on the feasibility of phasing out the use of burn pits by using technology incinerators.

Meng (D-NY)
– Amendment No. 14 - Permits any member of the armed services who gives birth to be exempt from deployment for 12 months after such birth unless they request deployment. Current bill text only covers members who give birth while on active duty.

Napolitano (D-CA), McKinley (R-WV)
– Amendment No. 15 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to evaluate the pilot Jobs ChalleNGe Programs and submit a report of findings and recommendations 120 days after the end of the fiscal year.

Napolitano (D-CA), Calvert (R-CA)
– Amendment No. 16 - Ensures equipment and facilities of the United States, a state, a county or a local government may also be transferred to the National Guard for purpose of carrying out the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.

Pascrell (D-NJ)
– Amendment No. 17 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to include blast exposure history as part of soldier service records in order to ensure that, if medical issues arise later, soldiers receive care for any service-connect injuries.

Gonzalez, Vicente (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 18 - Requires the Secretary of the Army, Air Force, and Navy to encourage high schools with U.S. Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps to include cyber security educational programs and awareness in the curriculum. This includes lessons on cyber defense, risks of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the military, and pursuing studies and careers in cybersecurity and related fields within defense.

Heck, Denny (D-WA)
– Amendment No. 19 - Requires the Department of Defense to publish certain information regarding the housing market around major infrastructure to better inform servicemembers on the use of their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). It also calls for a Government Accountability Report on the data gathering used to set BAH rates.

Welch (D-VT), Cook (R-CA) – Amendment No. 20 - Authorizes the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, which assists National Guard and Reservists families with assistance before, during, and after deployment, including outreach services for employment and financial counseling, suicide prevention, and housing advocacy.

Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 21 - Directs the Secretary concerned to make the application for transfer, including determinations and actions regarding the application, confidential for students of military academies who are victims of sexual assault.

Esty (D-CT)
– Amendment No. 22 - Requires the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a joint definition of “military sexual trauma” for use in all aspects of delivering relevant care and benefits to service members and veterans.

Soto (D-FL)
– Amendment No. 23 - Requires the inclusion of resources available to treat victims of military sexual trauma as part of the required service member preseparation counseling.

Meng (D-NY) –
Amendment No. 24 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to permit military parents flexible (non-continuous) maternity and parental leave.

Pocan (D-WI)
– Amendment No. 25 - Requires the National Guard Bureau to re-examine the contract and wage determinations for a contractor it utilizes for Guard support services, and to report its findings back to Congress.

Schrader (D-OR)
– Amendment No. 26 - Exempts members of the Armed Forces who voluntarily separated from active duty, are involuntarily recalled, and incur a 100 percent service-connected disability during that time from the requirement to repay voluntary separation pay.

Pearce (R-NM)
– Amendment No. 27 - Creates a streamlined process for wounded warriors to cross train into the emerging field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), regardless of their AFSC, MOS or military branch as a pilot or sensor operator in the Air Force.

Davis, Rodney (R-IL), O'Rourke (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 28 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to revise the Department of Defense Instruction 1300.18 to extend travel privileges via Invitational Travel Authorization to family members of members of the Armed Forces who die outside of the United States and whose remains are returned to the United States through the mortuary facility at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

DelBene (D-WA)
– Amendment No. 29 - Removes the 25 percent cap on garnishment of military retirement pay to satisfy a judgement rendered for physically, sexually, or emotionally abusing a child.

Jones (R-NC)
– Amendment No. 30 - If the Secretary of Defense determines that appropriate educational programs are not available through a local educational agency for dependents of retirees residing on a military installation in the United States, the Secretary may enter into arrangements to provide for the elementary or secondary education of the dependents of such retirees.

Hudson (R-NC), Castor (D-FL)
– Amendment No. 31 - Requires a report from the SECDEF examining the current process for awarding Imminent Danger Pay and Hostile Fire Pay for members of the Armed Forces.

Coffman (R-CO) –
Amendment No. 32 - Expresses the sense of Congress stating that under the special survivor indemnity allowance, surviving spouses and dependent children of members who die of a service-connected cause will not be subject to a full offset of survivor benefit plan payments by dependency and indemnity compensation, commonly referred to as the "widows' tax".

Donovan (R-NY)
– Amendment No. 33 - Requires the Department of Defense to reevaluate the disparity in payments between the Military Housing Area for Staten Island, and the Military Housing Area for the rest of New York City, in an effort to resolve this inequity.

Lujan Grisham (D-NM) –
Amendment No. 34 - Provides compensation and credit for retired pay purposes for maternity leave taken by members of the reserve components.

Rouzer (R-NC)
– Amendment No. 35 - Allows terminally ill participants in the Survivor Benefit Plan to elect a new beneficiary as opposed to waiting for an Open Season.

Graves, Garret (R-LA) – Amendment No. 36 - Requires a report regarding the management of military commissaries and exchanges.

Soto (D-FL), Murphy, Stephanie (D-FL) – Amendment No. 37 - Adds universities to the list of entities authorized to partner with the Department of Defense’s pilot program on treatment of members of the armed forces for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to military sexual trauma.

Carson (D-IN) - Amendment No. 38 - Makes permanent the Department of Defense’s existing requirement to provide mental health assessments to service members during deployment.

Kuster, Ann (D-NH) – Amendment No. 39 - Requires health providers to provide transitioning service members information and referrals for counseling and treatment of substance use disorders and chronic pain management services, when appropriate.

Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 40 - Permits the Secretary of Defense to develop a burn patient transfer system which includes military and civilian burn centers that could be used during mass casualty events.

González-Colón (R-PR) – Amendment No. 41 - Requires the Department of Defense to study and report on how the TriCare program for health care for active military and retired-veteran family members is applied in Puerto Rico, and the feasibility of having the TriCare Prime benefit apply to residents therein on the same basis as for residents in the mainland states. Indicates subjects the study should include.

Velázquez (D-NY)
– Amendment No. 42 - Requires the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to the congressional defense committees a report containing a study of the immediate, long-term, and potential ongoing health effects of the live-fire training at Vieques Naval Training Range conducted by the Navy before 2002 and other activities of the armed forces on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Smucker (R-PA)
– Amendment No. 43 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the congressional defense committees (HASC and SASC) that describes the shortage of mental health providers of the Department of Defense and contains a strategy to better recruit and retain mental health providers.

Jones (R-NC), Moulton (D-MA)
– Amendment No. 44 - Creates a study on earning by special operations, and forces medics of credits towards a physician assistant degree.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Barr (R-KY)
– Amendment No. 45 - Requires DoD to study the effects of the anesthetic shortage on military healthcare and propose methods for mitigating any harm arising as a result of this shortage

Kuster, Ann (D-NH)
– Amendment No. 46 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to provide the Department of Veterans Affairs a report detailing “lessons learned” in fielding and resolving issues found during IOT&E of MHS Genesis.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 47 - Requires DoD to report on the steps taken to prevent and treat opioid use among DoD dependents, including counseling, data sharing, and intervention strategies.

Smucker (R-PA)
– Amendment No. 48 - Requires that the Secretary of Defense must submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the House and Senate a report on the Department of Defense’s efforts to review and monitor the medication prescribing practices of its providers based on DOD’s guideline recommendations to treat PTSD. DOD must establish a monitoring program carried out by each branch of the Armed Services to conduct periodic reviews of the medication prescribing practices of its own providers.

Banks (R-IN), Bucshon (R-IN), Hollingsworth (R-IN)
– Amendment No. 49 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to Congress prior to reorganizing, restructuring, or eliminating any position or offices in Section 811.

Mitchell (R-MI)
– Amendment No. 50 - Requires a review of regulations relating to the acquisition of commercial products and services, promotes the use of interagency acquisitions, and improves the process for acquiring services based on hourly rates when using multiple award contracts.

Graves, Garret (R-LA)
– Amendment No. 51 - Exempts an individual acquisition for commercial leasing services from enhanced competition requirements for the purchase of property and services by executive agencies if such individual acquisition is made on a no cost basis and pursuant to a multiple award contract in accordance with requirements for full and open competition. The Government Accountability Office must conduct biennial audits of the GSA National Broker Contract, conduct a review of the application of enhanced competition requirements, and report on such audits and reviews.

Adams (D-NC)
– Amendment No. 52 - Directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that the SCORE program and each of its chapters develop and implement plans and goals to provide services more effectively and efficiently to individuals in rural areas, economically disadvantaged communities, and other traditionally underserved communities, including plans for electronic initiatives, web-based initiatives, chapter expansion, partnerships, and the development of new skills by participating volunteers.

Espaillat (D-NY), Velázquez (D-NY)
– Amendment No. 53 - Establishes that Procurement Technical Assistance Centers are authorized to form an association to pursue matters of common concern that is recognized by the Secretary of Defense.

Connolly (D-VA) –
Amendment No. 54 - Directs the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy to develop a definition for and track procurement administrative lead time (PALT).

Conaway (R-TX)
– Amendment No. 55 - Makes a technical correction that clarifies language to accurately include business systems, which are integral to the department’s auditability efforts.

Turner (R-OH)
– Amendment No. 56 - Strikes the reauthorization of the National Aviation Heritage Area (section 1076).

Burgess (R-TX), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Lance (R-NJ), DeFazio (D-OR), Jones (R-NC), Welch (D-VT), Lewis, Jason (R-MN), Schakowsky (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 57 - Requires a report ranking all military departments and Defense Agencies in order of how advanced they are in achieving auditable financial statements as required by law.

Ruiz (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 58 - Requires Department of Defense to carry out an annual education campaign to inform servicemembers exposed to burn pits who qualify to enroll in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits Registry of such eligibility.

Esty (D-CT)
– Amendment No. 59 - Expresses the sense of Congress that the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense should coordinate to prevent the unauthorized flight of unmanned aircraft over Arlington National Cemetery.

Young, Don (R-AK), Larsen, Rick (D-WA)
– Amendment No. 60 - Directs the SECDEF to report on an updated Arctic Strategy to improve and enhance joint operations. The report shall also include an assessment of Russia’s aggressive buildup of military assets and infrastructure in the Arctic, as well as China’s efforts to influence Arctic policy.

Jackson Lee (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 61 - Directs Secretary of Navy to submit report to Congress on the feasibility of applying desalinization technologies to provide drought relief in areas impacted by sharp declines in water availability for both military as well as civilian purposes.

Young, Don (R-AK)
– Amendment No. 62 - Directs the SECDEF to expedite DoD compliance of requirements relating to reciprocity of security clearance and access determinations per Section 3001 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Gosar (R-AZ)
– Amendment No. 63 - Requires National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform an assessment to determine if certain individuals exposed to nuclear fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing by the federal government at the Nevada Test Site contracted certain cancers as a result of that testing and should be eligible for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

Denham (R-CA)
– Amendment No. 64 - Requires USDA to provide guidance and resources for individuals interested in using GI benefits for agricultural education programs.

Young, Don (R-AK) – Amendment No. 65 - Directs the SECDEF to engage with local indigenous communities for their traditional knowledge when developing Arctic survival curriculum.

Yoder (R-KS) – Amendment No. 66 - Adds Email Privacy Act.

Lawrence (D-MI) – Amendment No. 67 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to share lessons learned and best practices on progress of gender integration implementation in the Armed Forces.

Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 68 - Requires a report on the readiness of the National Guard and Reserve to respond to natural disasters.

Poe (R-TX) – Amendment No. 69 - Reduces the amount of CSF reimbursements the Secretary of Defense can send to Pakistan without certifying that Pakistan has taken action against the Haqqani Network from $350 million to $200 million.

Abraham (R-LA)
– Amendment No. 70 - Expresses a sense of Congress in support of the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and their contributions to fighting and defeating ISIS.

Perry (R-PA) – Amendment No. 71 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to report on the incorporation of violent extremist organizations into the Iraq military and such organizations access to U.S.-provided training and equipment.

Schneider (D-IL), Meadows (R-NC) – Amendment No. 72 - Amends Section 1225 (Strategy to counter destabilizing activities of Iran) to include the countries in which Iran is operating, assessing their destabilizing activities and implications thereof.

Schneider (D-IL), Meadows (R-NC) – Amendment No. 73 - Requires a report on Iran’s support for proxy forces in Syria and Lebanon, including Hizballah, and an assessment of the threat posed to Israel and other U.S. regional allies.

Ellison (D-MN), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Khanna (D-CA), Schakowsky (D-IL), McGovern (D-MA), Jones (R-NC)
– Amendment No. 74 - Adds language expressing the sense of Congress that the use of military force is not authorized against Iran.

Ellison (D-MN), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Khanna (D-CA), Schakowsky (D-IL), McGovern (D-MA), Jones (R-NC) – Amendment No. 75 - Adds language clarifying that the bill is not an authorization for the use of military force against Iran.

Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Jones (R-NC) – Amendment No. 76 - Requires a report from the Secretary of Defense on the progress made under the United States-Afghan Compact

Roskam (R-IL) – Amendment No. 77 - Expresses a sense of Congress of the threats posed by Iran’s ballistic missile program.

Yoho (R-FL) – Amendment No. 78 - Reinstatements of reporting requirements with respect to United States-Hong Kong relations.

Connolly (D-VA), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) – Amendment No. 79 - Requires a North Korea human rights report on efforts related to repatriation of U.S. Armed Forces remains, Korean-American family reunifications, and travel security risks.

Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Welch (D-VT) – Amendment No. 80 - States that nothing in this Act may be construed as authorizing the use of force against North Korea.

Khanna (D-CA) – Amendment No. 81 - Ensures nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the use of force against North Korea.

Yoho (R-FL) – Amendment No. 82 - Modifications of freedom of navigation reporting requirements.

Frankel (D-FL) – Amendment No. 83 - Expresses a sense of Congress that continued United States leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is critical to the national security of the United States.

Delaney (D-MD), Wagner (R-MO) – Amendment No. 84 - Adds a Sense of Congress that reaffirms the U.S. commitment to NATO and includes appreciate for its continued effort in combating terrorism.

Bishop, Mike (R-MI)
– Amendment No. 85 - Expresses a sense of Congress that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries should meet or exceed their 2 percent Gross Domestic Product commitment to defense spending.

Gohmert (R-TX) – Amendment No. 86 - Requires the SECDEF in coordination with the Secretary of State to submit a report that contains an assessment of the threats posed to the United States by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Walz (D-MN), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 87 - Directs the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency to submit to the Secretary of Defense and the HASC, HPSCI, HFAC, SASC, SSCI, and SCFR a report on the military training center and logistical capabilities of the Chinese and Russian armies.

Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 88 - Condemns the actions of Boko Haram and directs that the Secretary of Defense submit a report on efforts to combat Boko Haram.

Lieu (D-CA) – Amendment No. 89 - Requires a report by the Secretaries of State and Defense on foreign interference in Libya, including actions that violate the United Nations arms embargo, undermine U.S. interests or promote the presence of U.S. adversaries in Libya.

Boyle (D-PA) – Amendment No. 90 - States that sense of Congress the U.S. should lead an international coalition to counter hybrid threats.

Castro (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 91 - Adds sections on the East China Sea and the Indian Ocean to the annual Department of Defense report on Chinese military activities.

Schneider (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 92 - Amends Section 1685 (NIE with respect to Russian and Chinese interference in Democratic countries) to require a report on DOD efforts to deter such interference.

Pearce (R-NM), Lujan (D-NM)
– Amendment No. 93 - Requests a Space Launch study and report identifying vulnerabilities and capacity concerns of the current launch facilities.

Soto (D-FL)
– Amendment No. 94 - Includes cybersecurity and computer programming into the JROTC curriculum.

Aguilar (D-CA), Chu (D-CA), Bishop, Sanford (D-GA), Carbajal (D-CA), Johnson, Hank (D-GA), Norton (D-DC), Correa (D-CA), Veasey (D-TX), Serrano (D-NY), Hastings, Alcee (D-FL), Lujan (D-NM), Kelly, Robin (D-IL), Lowenthal (D-CA), Brown (D-MD), Fudge (D-OH), Takano (D-CA), Butterfield (D-NC), Rush (D-IL), Hanabusa (D-HI)
– Amendment No. 95 - Helps students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) access the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program. (OPPORTUNITY Act; HR 5746).

Comstock (R-VA)
– Amendment No. 96 - Requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the transition of the SharkSeer program to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Jackson Lee (D-TX)
– Amendment No. 97 - Seeks a report on the feasibility of the DoD developing a cybersecurity apprentice program that provides on the job training for certain cybersecurity positions and in support of acquisition of cybersecurity certifications.

Thompson, Mike (D-CA)
– Amendment No. 98 - Provides for the Secretary of the Navy to conduct work necessitated by Naval remediation activities, to conduct mitigation work as necessary, and to report to Congress within 120 days the process by which the work and mitigation will be completed.

Kinzinger (R-IL), Hultgren (R-IL), Kelly, Robin (D-IL), Rush (D-IL), Foster (D-IL)
– Amendment No. 99 - Extends lifespan of waste disposal site use by US Army.

Culberson (R-TX) –
Amendment No. 100 - Establishes grant funding for the preservation of our nation’s historic battleships.

Lujan (D-NM), Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
– Amendment No. 101 - Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should compensate and recognize all of the miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.

Tipton (R-CO)
– Amendment No. 102 - Ensures that royalty payments from the Anvil Points fund that have been returned to Colorado do not impact the 2019 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) disbursements for recipient counties.

Pearce (R-NM)
– Amendment No. 103 - Calls for modification to the boundaries between White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument.

The Santillana Codes

11/27/2017: Library of Congress

This is a guest post by Hazel Ceron, external relations intern with the Law Library of Congress. On October 26th, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, the Embassy of Tunisia, and the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED), hosted a book talk on The Santillana […]

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Reshaping His ‘American Dream’ – DSS Special Agent Reflects During Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

05/22/2018: State Department Blog

Special Agent Scott Kim discusses the importancr of his cultural heritage and its impact on  his careeer with Diplomatic Security.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Joint Statement on U.S.-France Science and Technology Cooperation

03/09/2018: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Joint Statement

Washington, DC
March 9, 2018


The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and France on the occasion of the U.S.-France Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation on March 9, 2018.

Ms. Laurence Auer, Director of Cultural, Academic and Research Cooperation at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Alain Beretz, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, for the Government of France, and Ms. Kristina Kvien, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and Ms. Lisa Brodey, Director of Science and Technology Cooperation at the U.S. Department of State, for the Government of the United States of America, convened the fifth U.S.-France Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation in Paris, on March 9, 2018. The JCM provides a regular opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important science and technology endeavors in our countries and to prioritize future collaboration.

The JCM brought together representatives from government agencies and research organizations in both countries to discuss joint priority fields: information technology, energy and the environment, health science, and science and research integrity. Both sides endorsed the need to continue to strengthen bilateral research cooperation, including opportunities to enhance cooperation in artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, advanced energy technologies and clean energy, ocean observation and exploration, and cancer research. The group also shared information on successful collaborative projects, including the partnership agreement between New York University and the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria), the renewal of the international joint research unit between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and partnerships supported through the PIRE program.

Following the discussions on thematic topics, the two sides emphasized the importance of expanding the JCM dialogue to include participants from universities, research organizations, research agencies, think tanks, and the private sector. Both sides look forward to working together on the topics discussed in the coming years.

Bumble Bee CEO Indicted for Price Fixing

05/15/2018: Department of Justice Antitrust

“The Antitrust Division is committed to prosecuting senior executives who unjustly profit at the expense of their customers,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.  “American consumers deserve free enterprise, not fixed prices, so the Department will not tolerate crimes like the one charged in today’s indictment.”