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We are a voice of education and a center for people committed to disarmament and creative responses to conflict.

Peace Action Maine's Mission:
We are a voice of education and a center for people committed to disarmament and creative responses to conflict.

Discretionary Pie FY 2023

     The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is legislation that Congress passes each year to make changes to the policies and organization of United States defense agencies and provide guidance on how military funding can be spent, though funding for the U.S. military must be approved through appropriations bills.
     A relatively rare example of bipartisanship in Congress, the NDAA has been passed for 60 straight years. That consistency has also made the bill a "must pass" bill and so,  a popular vehicle for tacking on legislation that has little to do with defense.
     Of the 1,500 + proposed amendments, here are the ones we can advocate for (many thanks for the work by Peace Action).

Rules/Amdt. #1473 Jacobs (CA), Omar (MN) - Prohibits the transfer of cluster munitions.

Rules/Amdt. #10 Holmes Norton (DC) - Insert the text of Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Conversion Act of 2023 (H.R.2775).

Rules/Amdt. #31 Lee (CA), Roy (TX), Spanberger (VA), Hageman (WY) - Repeals the 2002 and 1991 Authorizations for Use of Military Force for Iraq. (Identical text to HR 932 and S 316).

Rules/Amdt. #46 Lee (CA)/Pocan (WI) - Reduces the NDAA top line by $100 billion and holds harmless all accounts that support pay and benefits for personnel and dependents.

Rules/Amdt. #50 Lieu (CA), Meeks (NY) - Extends an existing prohibition on mid-air refueling of non-U.S. aircraft participating in hostilities in the civil war in Yemen for two years.

Rules/Amdt. #111 Pressley (MA) - A moratorium on the transfer of military weapons to local law enforcement agencies.

Rules/Amdt. #137 Meeks (NY), Wild (PA) - To enhance the consideration of human rights in arms exports.

Rules/Amdt. #138 Garamendi (CA) - Extends the operational life of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile until at least 2040 and pauses the development of the Sentinel Program until 2031. Restricts funding to the Sentinel program and the W87-1 warhead modification program during fiscal year 2024.

Rules/Amdt. #161 Bowman (NY), Bush (MO), Schakowsky (IL), Tlaib (MI), Khanna (CA) - Prohibits U.S. military presence in Syria without Congressional approval within one year of enactment.

Rules/Amdt. #279 Blumenauer (OR), Garamendi (CA) - Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should not use nuclear weapons first.

Rules/Amdt. #435 Jayapal (WA), McClintock (CA), Davidson (OH) - Repeals the statutory requirement that the Department of Defense submit unfunded priorities lists to Congress outside the formal budget request process.

Rules/Amdt. #472 Davidson (OH) - Requires the President to develop and submit a report to Congress that contains a strategy for U.S. involvement in Ukraine.

Rules/Amdt. #509 Beyer (VA) - Reduces wasteful spending by striking section 1641 and section 1642 which provide funding for the nuclear sea-launched cruise missile program (SLCM-N) and mandate quarterly reports on the progress of the SLCM-N program's development.

Rules/Amdt. #560 Foster (IL) - Commissioning a study on the New START treaty and what the future holds if no arms control agreements are met.

Rules/Amdt. #576 McGovern (MA), Pocan (WI) - Calls for an annual report from State to Congress, in consultation with DOD, that assesses the status of Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.

Rules/Amdt. #658 Tlaib (MI) - Strikes the prohibition on the reduction of the total number of nuclear armed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) deployed in the United States in Sec. 1638. Prohibition on reduction of the intercontinental ballistic missiles of the United States.

Rules/Amdt. #1157 Bishop (NC), Biggs (AZ), Lee (CA) - Repeals the 2001 AUMF.

Rules/Amdt. #1171 Hoyle (OR), Khanna (CA), Jayapal (WA) - Revised Prohibits U.S. funding from being used for unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the war in Yemen if the Saudi-led coalition resumes aerial hostilities against the Houthis in Yemen. This includes prohibiting funds from being used for military logistical support or intelligence sharing that enables offensive strikes.

Rules/Amdt. #1261 Bush (MO) - Prohibits funds from being used to further facilitate the ongoing unilateral annexation of any part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Rules/Amdt. #1473 Jacobs (CA), Omar (MN) - Prohibits the transfer of cluster munitions.

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