Urge congress to expand human rights provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
What is the ndaa?
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the name for each of a series of United States federal laws specifying the annual budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense. The first NDAA was passed in 1961.The U.S. Congress oversees the defense budget primarily through two yearly bills: the National Defense Authorization Act and defense appropriations bills. The authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.
In recent years each NDAA also includes provisions only peripherally related to the Defense Department, because unlike most other bills, the NDAA is sure to be considered and passed so legislators attach other bills to it. Recent NDAAs have included human rights as an area of assessment when considering military aid and arms sales for certain countries (mainly Russia and China).
Since the NDAA is the one bill that is guaranteed to pass every year, Congressional representatives often include provisions and amendments related to national security and defense. Ask your congressional representative today to add more general human rights language conditions to the NDAA.