Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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House Passes Defense Funding Authorization with Three Nolan Amendments

Jul 14, 2017
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with three amendments from Congressman Rick Nolan. In addition to his amendment passed on Thursday to reaffirm the connection between a strong U.S. iron ore and steel industry and our nation security, the House passed two additional amendments from Nolan on Friday:

  • Declaring that none of the funds authorized to be appropriated in the NDAA will be used to deploy members of the Armed Forces to participate in the ongoing civil war in Yemen.
     
  • Cutting off funds to any so-called ‘friendly rebels’ in Iraq and Syria who make a mockery of our good intentions by misusing American arms and resources.

Watch Nolan’s floor speech HERE.

“By passing this legislation with our amendments, we’re ensuring that no hero in U.S. military uniform will be put in harm’s way in a conflict that can only be settled by the parties involved,” Nolan said. “We have already spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of precious lives in endless wars of choice in the Middle East. It’s time to put a stop to it – and start reinvesting in America and our people.”

Nolan voted Yea on the NDAA, which included a 2.4% pay increase for military personnel. The House passed the legislation by a vote of 344-81.