The House of Representatives is continuing to work on amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.
The House is considering NDAA under a rule that automatically repeals the provision requiring woman to register for selective service.
Campaign for Liberty has signed a letter in support an amendment forbidding the Department of Defense from implementing two Obama Executive Orders requiring ti to adopt polices and programs to a dress "climate change":
The undersigned organizations write in strong support of Representative John Fleming's amendment #87 to H. R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act, that if enacted would prevent the Department of Defense from continuing to implement Executive Orders 13653 and 13693. These two executive orders require the Department of Defense to create a number of climate change programs and policies throughout the Department.
These climate programs and policies have nothing to do with the mission of the United States' Armed Services. In fact, many of these programs and policies are likely to undermine military readiness by diverting scarce resources to such things as helping state and local governments to "go green," meeting targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, meeting a variety of green energy quotas, meeting fleet requirements for low and zero emissions vehicles, and incorporating climate resilience and preparedness as principal aims of land and water management.
Most importantly, Rep. Fleming's amendment would prevent the Department of Defense from implementing section 5 of Executive Order 13653, which requires the Department of Defense to develop "comprehensive plans that integrate consideration of climate change into agency operations and overall mission objectives." In our view, this is an entirely unsuitable addition to the critical mission of our men and women in uniform.
For these reasons, we urge you to vote Yes on Rep. Fleming's amendment #87 to H. R. 4909. Thank you for considering our views.
Director, Center for Energy & Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Americans for Limited Government
Vice President for Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Sovereignty
Richard Falknor and Susan Falknor
Blue Ridge Forum
Campaign for Liberty
Center for Military Readiness
Council for America
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Energy and Environment Legal Institute
Frontiers of Freedom
Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen B. West
National Center for Policy Analysis
Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Science and Environmental Policy Project
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Tea Party Nation
The Conservative Leadership PAC
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
The Weyrich Lunch
Andrew C. McCarthy
Former Chief Assistant U. S. Attorney
Southern District of New York
Here are some other amendments that Campaign for Liberty supporters may be interested in:
Amendment number 81-- Repeals the 2001 Authorization of Military Force--which has been used to justify everything from military action to indefinite detention to warrantless wiretapping and other forms of snooping 90 days after enactment.
Amendment number 99 -- Strikes language calling on president to expand the scope of the mission in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, even though the House Rules Committee approved over 100 amendments, they blocked an amendment that would have forbidden the Department of Defense from requiring technology companies to put "backdoors" into their products,thus allowing the government to hack into them.
Campaign for Liberty cosigned the following letter to the rules committee in support of that amendment and we will continue to work to make Congress address this issue:
Dear Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and Members of the Committee on Rules:
We, the undersigned organizations, write to urge your support for Amendment ___ to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, H.R. 4909 (“NDAA”). The amendment is a necessary step toward protecting the competitiveness of American industry and preserving the privacy and security of all Americans from government mandates that undermine the integrity of encryption techniques.
The long-term security of our country is threatened by governmental efforts to weaken encryption, such as the NSA’s subversion of encryption standards and the FBI’s attempt to conscript Apple into developing and installing a backdoor into its own products. Americans rely on strong encryption to protect their financial transactions, their health information, personal data, and much more. Businesses and government rely on strong encryption to keep sensitive information confidential. The overwhelming majority of encryption experts agree that strong, unbreakable encryption is critical to our safety. So too does former NSA director Michael Hayden.
Amendment _____, offered by Reps. Lieu, Lofgren, and Poe, would defund some governmental efforts to force companies to undermine encryption in their own products. This amendment is closely tailored to solve this problem. It has a carve-out for third-party anti-encryption solutions, so the Department of Defense could contract with a third party to bypass encryption measures. But the government’s exploitation of flaws in cryptographic systems is different from forcing companies to create holes in their security. We need the best encryption we can create, and government must stay out of the way.
The House of Representatives should have the opportunity to consider this measure in the context of the NDAA. We respectfully urge you to ensure this amendment is ruled in order and brought to the floor of the House for consideration.
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