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Rep. Rosendale Files Amendments to National Defense Authorization Act and Testifies in Front of House Rules Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, the House of Representatives began debating the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act. Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) filed and testified in support of the following amendments to the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act: Amendment 194, Amendment 350, Amendment 546.

“Anything that does not contribute to making our military the most effective fighting force on earth, is a distraction, and we should not lose sight of that obligation," said Rep. Rosendale.” I filed the following amendments and urge House Leadership to bring them to the Floor for a vote."

Amendment 194 would prohibit TRICARE from covering and the Department of Defense from furnishing sex reassignment surgeries and gender hormone treatments for transgender individuals.

Amendment 350 would amend Section 1021(b) of the FY12 NDAA to limit the authority of the U.S. military to indefinitely detain individuals pursuant to the 2001 AUMF, to exclude American citizens from being subject to detention.

On December 31st, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The law gave the United States military the power to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial. Provisions in this legislation allow for detention until the “end of hostilities,” which could mean as long as the War on Terror continues.

“The U.S. military should not be able to detain American citizens on U.S. soil,” said Rep. Rosendale. “With every news story that breaks, the existence of a two-track justice system becomes more apparent. It is more necessary than ever to reclaim the legal principles which are the foundation of justice for our great nation and protect the rights of our constituents. My amendment would provide a needed fix to the Fiscal Year 2012 NDAA and put an end to the authorization of indefinite detention of American citizens without due process.”

Watch Rep. Rosendale's testimony in front of the House Committee on Rules HERE.

Amendment 546 would require a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the governance, dependencies, and activities of the Department of Defense that affect the electronic health record systems and related systems of the Department of Veterans Affairs.