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    Since 2019, With Honor Action has worked alongside the For Country Caucus, a bipartisan group of veterans in the House of Representatives, to promote and pass 148 laws.

    National Security
    National Security

    1. Establishment of the Office of the National Cyber Director

    Establishes an office for the principal advisor on cybersecurity policy and strategy to the President.

    2. Creation of a Joint Cyber Planning Office

    Establishes an office in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to coordinate public and private sector entities to plan for cyber defense operations, including identifying and detecting threats as well as plans to mitigate and recover from attacks.

    3. Sense of Congress on U.S. Commitment to NATO

    Reaffirmed strong congressional support for the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), which is critical to achieving United States national security interests and defense objectives around the world.

    4. Defending America’s 5G Future Act

    Countered foreign adversaries at home and abroad by codifying Huawei’s place on the Commerce Department Entity list; addressing foreign talent recruitment programs, and requiring the disclosure of foreign funding sources to obtain federally funded research awards.

    5. Make Permanent Section 1264 of the FY18 NDAA

    Requires the President to continue to report to Congress regarding the legal and policy frameworks for the use of military force and related national security operations.

    6. Honoring Our Promises through Expedition (HOPE) for Afghan SIVs Act

    The HOPE for Afghan SIVs Act was sponsored by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Jason Crow, Seth Moulton, Jimmy Panetta, Peter Meijer, Salud Carbajal, James Baird, Elaine Luria, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Scott Franklin, Mikie Sherrill, Chrissy Houlahan, and Don Bacon. The act’s key provisions were passed in a supplemental appropriations act in late July, shortly before the withdrawal from Afghanistan unfolded. It was among the most bipartisan acts to pass Congress in recent years. The act waived a requirement that SIV applicants receive a medical screening in Afghanistan. By waiving the screening until their arrival in the United States, the act helped cut red tape and expedite the SIV application process for vulnerable Afghan allies. Additionally, the bill appropriated $500 million to evacuate Afghan allies ahead of the U.S. troop withdrawal. Another $600 million went to the State Department for refugee and migration assistance and $25 million to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement for the special immigrant visa program.

    7. Averting Loss of Life and Injuring by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act

    The ALLIES Act, led by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Jason Crow and Peter Meijer, passed alongside the HOPE Act and increased the total number of available special immigrant visas for Afghan nationals by 8,000 – thereby raising the total available visas by over 30%.

    8. Welcoming Evacuees Coming from Overseas to Mitigate Effects of Displacement (WELCOMED) Act

    The WELCOMED Act was sponsored by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Seth Moulton, Don Bacon, Elaine Luria, Peter Meijer, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Jason Crow, Jimmy Panetta, Kai Kahele, Mikie Sherrill, and Conor Lamb. The bill provided crucial resettlement assistance to Afghan evacuees. Due to the rushed nature of the Afghan evacuation, many Afghans came to the U.S. under a program called ‘Humanitarian Parole’. Under Humanitarian Parole these evacuees were ineligible for the assistance that they would have received had they arrived as refugees or SIVs. The WELCOMED Act rectified this injustice and provided crucial resettlement assistance to deserving Afghans.

    9. Expediting Verification of SIV Applicants Through the Synchronized Predeployment and Operation Tracker (SPOT) Database

    This provision directs the DOD and Department of State (DOS) to submit a joint report on the use of the Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT) database to identify Afghans eligible for special immigrant visas. The SPOT database is a government contracting database and will help verify Afghan contractors who are eligible for SIVs. The rapid collapse of the Afghan government and a lack of U.S. consular presence has exacerbated the problem of identifying SIV eligible Afghans; this legislation helps address this issue.

    10. Afghan War Commission Act

    The Afghan War Commission Act led by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Peter Meijer and Seth Moulton, created a non-partisan, independent commission that will conduct a comprehensive examination of the War in Afghanistan. The commission will be required to produce a public and unclassified report with actionable recommendations so the United States learns from our experience in Afghanistan and is prepared for future conflicts. As partisan recriminations have swirled in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, no serious, objective examination of the nearly 20 years war has occurred; this Commission based off the 9/11 Commission will fix that.

    11. Yearly Reports by the Department of Defense on the Implementation of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s Recommendations

    Led by For Country Caucus Member Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, this provision requires that the DOD submit yearly reports on the status of recommendations from the NSCAI. This provision requires that the DOD develop a plan to implement all NSCAI recommendations specific to the DOD, or to brief Congress on their justifications for not implementing specific recommendations.

    12. Development of a Digital Infrastructure Plan

    This provision establishes a DOD working group and tasks them with developing a plan to establish a modern information technology infrastructure capable of incorporating state-of-the-art tools including artificial intelligence.

    13. Establishment of Digital Recruiting Offices

    This provision establishes a chief digital recruiting officer within the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and it charges the officer with identifying DOD digital talent needs and skills gaps and recruiting individuals to address those gaps.

    14. Updating Federal Occupation Series Fields

    This provision directs the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to establish or update occupational series covering federal government positions in the fields of software development, software engineering, data science, and data management. The incorporation of new occupational career fields will help focus the development of personnel in these fields.

    15. Integrating Emerging Technology into Professional Education

    This provision establishes an executive education course within DOD on emerging technologies. The course for general officers and senior executive-level civilian leaders is to be designed specifically to prepare new general and senior executive-level civilian leaders on relevant technologies and how these technologies may be applied to military and business activities.

    16. Assess the Feasibility of a National Cyber Academy

    This provision requires the DOD to determine the overall workforce requirements for cyberspace and information warfare personnel across the active and reserve components of the Armed Forces. Additionally, it requires the DOD to determine and report whether the cyber mission requires a graduate level professional military education college similar to the war colleges for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

    17. National Defense Science and Technology Strategy

    This provision tasks the DOD to develop a strategy articulating the science and technology priorities, goals, and investments of the DOD. Additionally, it requires the DOD to submit recommendations for future defense research, and to establish an integrated approach to the identification, prioritization, development, and fielding of emerging capabilities and technologies.

    18. Arctic Security Initiative Act

    The Arctic Security Initiative Act led by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Mike Gallagher and Elaine Luria, requires the DOD to conduct a security assessment of the Arctic region and establish an Arctic Security Initiative with a five-year plan to fully resource the DOD and provide individual service-specific strategies for the Arctic.

    19. Taiwan Partnership Act

    The Taiwan Partnership Act was led by For Country Caucus Member Rep. Mike Gallagher, and critical provisions of the act were passed as part of the NDAA. The legislation requires the DOD to conduct a yearly briefing on cooperation between the National Guard and Taiwan during the preceding year and an evaluation of how to improve future cooperation.

    20. Establishment of a Casualty Assistance Program Working Group

    Led by For Country Caucus Member Rep. Don Bacon, this provision improves the casualty affairs programs at the Department of Defense by creating a working group to standardize casualty assistance officer training across military departments. The legislation also develops an iterative process of assessment that will continue to improve the program.

    21. Modification to Annual Report on Military & Security Developments Involving the Russian Federation

    Immediately following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, For Country Caucus Co-Chairs Jared Golden and Don Bacon prioritized building relationships with counterparts in the Ukrainian Parliament and engaging caucus members on all major pieces of legislation involving Ukraine. This provision tasks the Department of Defense with studying and distilling key lessons learned from the first year of this escalated conflict.

    22. Sense of Congress on Taiwan Defense Relations

    Expresses the sense of Congress that Taiwan’s future will be determined by peaceful means, not Chinese force, and that the United States should continue to support the development of capable, ready, and modern Taiwanese defense forces that are prepared to repel a Chinese assault.

    23. Extension of the Afghan Allies Protection Act

    This legislation championed by For Country Caucus members Representatives Peter Meijer and Seth Moulton (the recipients of With Honor Action’s Principles Before Politics Award), among other veterans in Congress, extends the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program until December 31, 2024. It further allows for an increase of 4,000 additional visas.

    24. Baltic Reassurance Act

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has made it clear that defending democracies abroad requires strong, multilateral institutions and partnerships to respond to cyber threats. The Baltic Reassurance Act, led by For Country Caucus member Representative August Pfluger, directs the Department of Defense to continue its comprehensive, multilateral Baltic Defense Assessment. This assessment focuses on interoperability between Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania with NATO and efforts to improve resilience to hybrid and cyber threats in these countries.

    25. Department of Defense Cyber & Digital Service Academy

    Championed by For Country Caucus Representatives Chrissy Houlahan and Mike Gallagher, the DOD Cyber and Digital Academy establishes a scholarship-for-service program for students pursuing tech-related programs with a mandatory service requirement in the Department of Defense. This legislation, a recommendation from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI), will help strengthen technical talent, modernize our military, and prepare for the sweeping technological advancements we face in AI and other areas.

    26. DHS Roles & Responsibilities in Cyberspace Act

    Tasks the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security with conducting a review of its incident response plans and sets the conditions for improvements to our cyber incident response framework.

    27. Cyber Diplomacy Act

    In April 2022, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the creation of a Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy to address “the national security challenges, economic opportunities, and implications for U.S. values associated with cyberspace, digital technologies, and digital policy.” Section 9502 codifies the Secretary’s announcement. This bureau will be led by the first-ever U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy, Nathaniel Fick, a Marine who served formerly on the With Honor Action Advisory Board.

    28. Short Course on Emerging Technologies for Senior Officials

    This provision, a priority of both the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and a recommendation of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, directs the Secretary of Defense to develop a short course addressing how recent technological advances affect the activities of the Defense Department.

    29. Support for R&D of Bioindustrial Manufacturing Processes

    Bioindustrial manufacturing uses living organisms, cells, tissues, or enzymes, to produce materials that can be more environmentally sustainable and may help create a more resilient supply chain. This provision authorizes the Secretary of Defense to strengthen our bioindustrial manufacturing infrastructure through the creation of regional bioindustrial networks. This initiative intends to help strengthen bioindustrial manufacturing in the U.S., securing supply chains essential to the production of critical chemicals and materials. For Country Caucus Members Representatives Seth Moulton and Mike Gallagher helped establish a new bipartisan National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology that aims to provide insight and recommendations to the 118th Congress.

    30. Improvements to Principal Cyber Advisors

    Codifies the offices and roles of the Principal Cyber Advisors (PCA) and authorizes the PCA to the Secretary of Defense to certify portions of the Department’s Cyberspace Activities Budget. It simultaneously integrates and streamlines a budgetary process for defense-related cyber capability development and security.

    31. Cybersecurity Grants for Schools

    With cyberattacks targeting vulnerable schools on the rise, this provision fulfills a Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommendation to increase funding for K-12 cybersecurity education, both for educators and students.

    32. Enhancing Maritime Cybersecurity

    Cyber attacks on the maritime ports that are integral to the supply chain increased by 400% in 2020. This provision tasks the Commandant of the Coast Guard and relevant cybersecurity agencies with developing a list of tools and resources open to the public. They will be designed to assist maritime operators in identifying, responding to, and recovering from cyber incidents.

    33. Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program

    A recommendation from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, the Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program will award funding to minority-serving or historically-black institutions of higher education to establish or expand cybersecurity programs, build public-private partnerships, and improve research and development efforts.

    34. Federal Cyber Scholarship-For-Service Program

    The Federal Cyber Scholarship-For-Service provision enhances the existing CyberCorps program which provides funding to students in return for a period of service working in the federal government.

    35. International Standards Development

    A recommendation from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, the Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program will award funding to minority-serving or historically-black institutions of higher education to establish or expand cybersecurity programs, build public-private partnerships, and improve research and development efforts.

    36. Standards Development Organization Grants

    Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence need standardization and guidelines – the U.S. will be stronger if our small businesses and industry leaders help lead that effort. This provision, a recommendation from the National Security Commission on AI, creates a 5-year pilot program to award grants to small businesses to support their participation in international standards development organizations.

    37. Cyber Workforce Development Research & Development

    A recommendation from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission this provision tasks the Director of NIST to award grants to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education to carry out studies on the cyber workforce, its constitution, current trends, and factors influencing retention, growth, and development of that workforce.

    38. Office of Research Security & Policy

    A recommendation from the National Security Commission on AI, this provision establishes an Office of Research Security and Policy within the National Science Foundation. The NSF will coordinate efforts to identify and address potential security risks that threaten research integrity to prevent intellectual property theft.

    39. Taiwan Cybersecurity Resiliency Act 

    In 2019, the Taiwanese government estimated that it faces 20 to 40 million cyberattacks monthly, with its National Security Bureau alone facing roughly 100,000 hacking attempts each month. This bill, led by Senators Jacky Rosen and Mike Rounds and For Country Caucus members Representatives Mike Gallagher and Chrissy Houlahan, requires the Department of Defense to expand cybersecurity cooperation with Taiwan, including conducting combined cybersecurity training activities and exercises and leveraging United States commercial and military cybersecurity technology to harden Taiwan’s critical national networks, infrastructure, and systems.

    40. Oversight of Taiwan Enhanced Resilience Act

    Strengthens oversight of the Taiwan Enhanced Resilience Act by adding reporting requirements on the actions taken to establish or expand comprehensive military training programs with Taiwan, consultative mechanisms with appropriate Taiwanese government officials, and multi-year plans to provide for the acquisition of defensive capabilities.

    41. Report on Department of Defense roles and responsibilities in support of National Strategy for the Arctic Region

    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Jimmy Panetta, directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report detailing the Department’s lines of efforts in support of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, which includes implementation plans for each military department and the Office of Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. This follows With Honor Action’s previous work on the passage of the Arctic Security Initiative Act.

    42. China Defense Spending Transparency Act

    This provision, led by Senators Mitt Romney, Angus King, Joe Manchin, Dan Sullivan, and For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Gallagher, directs the Department of Defense to conduct a comparative study on the transparency of the People’s Republic of China’s public defense spending. This follows reports that China’s defense spending may be as much as double current estimates.

    43. Briefing on multi-year plan to fulfill defense requirements of military forces of Taiwan

    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Gallagher, directs the Department of Defense to provide a briefing on the status of efforts to develop and implement the joint multi-year plan to fulfill the defense requirements of the military forces of Taiwan that was a statutory requirement passed in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.

    44. Cooperation Among U.S. Defense Partners
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Gallagher, directs the Department of Defense to provide a briefing on ways in which the Department can work with partner countries to provide advice and assistance to Taiwan, including in regards to cybersecurity, reserve force management and conscription, counter-disinformation campaigns, and civil missile defense.

    45. Department of Defense Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve Act
    This provision, led by Senators Jacky Rosen and Marsha Blackburn, authorizes the Department of the Army to establish a Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve to leverage non-military cybersecurity expertise in a reserve capacity to bolster America’s cyber defense capabilities and to strengthen our cyber infrastructure.

    46. Artificial Intelligence in U.S. Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Jeff Jackson, directs the Department of Defense to provide a briefing on how the Department currently incorporates AI into Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) and any plans to do so over the Future Years Defense Program.

    47. Codification & Elevation of the Defense Innovation Unit
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Gallagher, would codify the Defense Innovation Unit, an organization in the Department of Defense that specializes in identifying, investing in, and adopting commercial dual-use technology at speed and scale and clarifies its Director as the principal staff assistant to the Secretary of Defense on the issues under its jurisdiction.

    48. Organization & Management of the Defense Innovation Unit
    This subsection authorizes the Defense Innovation Unit to identify and support multi-stakeholder research and innovation across the whole of society, including institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit commercial enterprises, and departments or agencies of the federal government.

    49. Cybersecurity Risk Inventory, Assessment, and Mitigation Working Group
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus members Representatives Salud Carbajal, Don Bacon, and Mike Gallagher, is based on recommendations by the Government Accountability Office to shore up the cybersecurity resources for the National Nuclear Security Administration. It would Create a working group responsible for developing a strategy to assess and identify at-risk NNSA systems in the operational technology and nuclear weapons information technology environments and implement risk mitigation actions.

    50. Critical Mineral Independence Act
    This provision, led by Senators Mitt Romney, Dan Sullivan, and Gary Peters, tasks the Department of Defense to assess vulnerabilities in its supply chain, identify and recommend changes to acquisition laws, regulations, and policies, and prioritize recommendations to achieve critical mineral supply chain independence.

    51. Intellectual Property Strategy
    Led by For Country Caucus member Representative Jimmy Panetta, this provision directs the Department of Defense to establish a pilot program to use innovative intellectual property strategies to acquire the necessary data rights required for the swift acquisition and sustainment of fieldable technologies.

    52. Study on the occupational resiliency of the Cyber Mission Force
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus members Representatives Mike Gallagher and Chrissy Houlahan, directs the Department of Defense to conduct a study on the ability of Cyber Mission Force personnel to mitigate unique psychological factors that degrade mental health and job performance, including the accessibility of available resources and a determination regarding the adequacy and accessibility of such resources and programs.

    53. Plan for an integrated and resilient satellite communications architecture for the Space Force
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Jack Bergman, tasks the Department of the Air Force with developing a plan to integrate nuclear-survivable communications satellite constellation for the United States into Space Force capabilities.

    54. Joint Energetics Transition Office
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Gallagher, directs the Secretary of Defense to establish a Joint Energetics Transition Office responsible for evaluating the current regulatory environment and acquisition processes and speeding the development and fielding of advanced energetic materials used in explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics.

    55. Matters pertaining to hypersonic capabilities and testing strategies
    This provision, building upon a provision led by For Country Caucus member Representative Morgan Luttrell, tasks the Department of Defense with regularly updating and providing a report to Congress on the Department’s hypersonics testing strategy to include the identification of new testing ranges and investments in testing infrastructure.

    56. Seaplane procurement and employment
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Gallagher, directs the Department of Defense to provide an analysis of the feasibility and utility of the Department procuring seaplanes and amphibious aircraft.

    57. Plan to expedite integration of Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles into legacy aircraft fleets
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Gallagher, directs the Department of Defense to submit a plan to integrate Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles into legacy aircraft fleets.

    58. Insider Threat Assessment Act
    Following the leaks of highly classified Pentagon information by airman Jack Teixeira, this provision led by For Country Caucus member Representative Pat Ryan directs the Director of National Intelligence to conduct assessments and audits of compliance of each aspect of the intelligence community’s insider threat detection mechanisms, including those in the Department of Defense, and to identify gaps and shortfalls and the resources needed to address them.

    59. Afghan Allies Protection Act
    Authorizes an additional 12,000 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas and extends the program through 2025. This is the largest expansion of the Afghan SIV program to date.

    60. Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act
    Demands that ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, divest from the Chinese Communist Party or face a ban in the United States.

    61. Strengthening Tools to Counter the Use of Human Shields Act
    Enhances sanctions against terrorist organizations that use human shields, specifically Hamas.

    62. Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act
    Declares the trafficking of fentanyl a national emergency and takes steps to combat the flow of opioids into the US, including requiring the President to sanction transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels’ key members engaged in international fentanyl trafficking.

    63. Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity (REPO) for Ukrainians Act
    Authorizes the confiscation of frozen Russian assets in the US to be used in reconstruction efforts in Ukraine.

    64. Stop Harboring Iranian Petroleum (SHIP) Act
    Directs the President to impose sanctions on foreign individuals and organizations involved in the export of Iranian oil.

    National Service & Civic Education
    National Service & Civic Education

    65. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

    Established a new Ready Reserve Corps within the U.S. Public Health Ready Reserve Corps to aid in our response to the coronavirus and future public health emergencies.

    66. Health Care Workforce Protection Act

    Provided medical malpractice liability protection for volunteer health care workers supporting COVID-19 response efforts, so that doctors can volunteer their skills and help alleviate the public health workforce shortage during this crisis.

    67. Promoting STEM in JROTC Act

    Expanded STEM and Civic Education in America’s High Schools through the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Program.

    68. $1 billion increase to AmeriCorps included in the American Rescue Plan Act

    The legislation appropriated $1 billion dollars for AmeriCorps, enabling it to increase its cost of living stipends for young Americans serving in diverse communities, and expand its COVID relief efforts including outreach to hungry families and support for struggling public schools.

    69. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Expansion Act

    JROTC provides invaluable leadership training and civic education to tens thousands of young Americans across the nation. Initiated by former For Country Caucus Co-Chair Representative Don Bacon as a recommendation from the National Commission on Military, National Service, and Public Service, this act tasks the Secretary of Defense with expanding the number of JROTC units and developing a plan that would ensure greater access in rural, low-income, and historically underserved communities.

    70. Expansion of Eligibility to Serve as Instructors in the JROTC

    Current law states that JROTC instructors must be military retirees. This provision addresses the JROTC instructor shortage by expanding eligibility to servicemembers that have served at least eight years and received an honorable discharge.

    71. Supporting Education Recognition for Veterans During Emergencies (SERVE) Act

    Tasks the Department of Veterans Affairs with creating an online database of veterans who self report service-connected medical training. In moments of healthcare crises, this database will allow for the VA to call on these veterans for assistance.

    72. Expansion of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
    This provision, led by Senator Roger Wicker, requires the Department of Defense to establish and support not less than 3,400 and not more than 4,000 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units, an expansion from the existing 3,275 units.

    73. Troops-to-Teachers Program: expansion; extension
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Michael Waltz, expands the Troops-to-Teachers program to allow veterans to become instructors and administrators for the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and extends the program from 2025 to 2027. Between Fiscal Years 2014 and 2020, the Government Accountability Office reports that the program registered approximately 50,000 participants.

    74. Report on National Service Information Sharing for Recruitment
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Chrissy Houlahan, directs the Secretary of Defense to work with AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, the Selective Service system, and the Office of Personnel Management to provide a report which would include strategies to share applicant information with other federal agencies when an applicant either chooses not to join or is ineligible to participate and to explore mutually beneficial ways to promote each agency’s service opportunities.

    75. Enforcement of program requirements for the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
    This provision, led by Senator Roger Wicker and building upon the work of For Country Caucus member Representative Michael Waltz, allows the Secretary of Defense to place on probation a unit of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps that fails to comply with program requirements to mitigate program deficiencies, or to protect the safety of program participants. The Secretary will also submit to Congress a report that includes justification for reinstating any unit suspended or placed on probation.

    76. Extension of Troops-to-Teachers program to the Jobs Corps
    This provision allows for participants in the Troops-to-Teachers program to seek positions in the Jobs Corps, a program administered by the Department of Labor that offers free education and vocational training to over 60,000 young men and women annually.

    77. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Administrator and Instructor Compensation
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Michael Waltz, allows the Secretary of a military department to authorize an expansion of the individuals qualified to serve as administrators and instructors in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps but prohibits any reduction in pay of current instructors as a result of the implementation of this provision.

    78. Stop Funding JROTC at CCP-Owned Schools Act
    This provision, led by Senator Ted Cruz and For Country Caucus Members Representatives Michael Waltz and Chrissy Houlahan, would bar the Department of Defense from maintaining JROTC units at educational institutions that are owned, operated, or controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese military, or a Chinese military company.

    79. Service Academies: number of nominations by Members of Congress and appointments by the Secretaries of the military departments
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Mike Waltz, increases the number of nominations by Members of Congress from 10 to 15 people and appointments by Secretaries of the military departments from 150 to 250 people.

    Service Members, Military Families, and Veterans Affairs
    Service Members, Military Families, and Veterans Affairs

    80. Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act

    Reduced the tax burden for approximately 67 thousand Gold Star families by ensuring they can continue to receive all of the survivor benefits they are entitled to.

    81. Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    Provided paid parental, family caregiving and medical leave to America’s more than 2.1 million civil servants.

    82. Annual Pay Raise Adjustment

    Increased basic pay by 3.1% for all active duty servicemembers, the largest pay increase in a decade.

    83. Improvement of certain Special Victims’ Counsel authorities

    Combated sexual assault in the military by increasing the number of lawyers available to ensure sexual assault survivors receive adequate help throughout the legal process.

    84. Widow’s Tax Repeal

    Eliminated the widow’s tax, which previously prevented more than 65,000 surviving spouses of fallen soldiers from receiving their full survivor benefits, saving these families an average of approximately $12,000 per year.

    85. Childcare Resources for Serving Family Members

    Expanded childcare services and financial resources to surviving family members of servicemembers who die in the line of duty.

    86. VA Website Accessibility Act

    Ensured greater interoperability between the Department of Defense and the VA’s electronic health systems.

    87. Full Military Honors Act

    Extended full military honors at the funerals of recipients of Medals of Honor and former prisoners of war.

    88. Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act

    Provided legal services to veterans with outstanding warrants or fines, child support matters, license revocations, as well as specific assistance for women veterans and their families.

    89. Military Spouse Assistance

    Reimbursed state licensure and certification costs for military spouses, so they can continue their careers after their spouse changes duty stations.

    90. Gold Star Families Park Pass Act

    Provides free access to America’s National Parks and federal recreation sites for families of servicemembers who have died in the line of duty while serving in the military.

    91. Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act

    The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, led by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Jason Crow and Mike Gallagher and sponsored by every For Country Caucus Member, authorizes the establishment of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the National Mall. A Global War on Terrorism Memorial was authorized under a previous defense bill, but this act mandates that the Memorial be built on an area called ‘The Reserve’ in the National Mall – an area befitting America’s longest war and in-line with other memorials like the WWII and Vietnam War Memorials.

    92. Brandon Act

    The Brandon Act, led by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Seth Moulton and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, is named after United States Navy Petty Officer Third Class Brandon Caserta. It improves upon Department of Defense (DOD) mental health efforts by enabling service members to seek mental health services anonymously. The act also charges commanders and supervisors with ensuring warfighters obtain mental health services quickly.

    93. Military Moms Matter Act

    The Military Moms Matter Act, led by For Country Caucus Member Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, Don Bacon, Jared Golden, Kai Kahele, Seth Moulton, and Jim Baird improves postpartum care for service members and their families. Specifically, the act directs the DOD to establish clinical guidelines to ensure that postpartum care includes prompt mental health, pelvic health, and obstetric appointments. Additionally, the act tasks the DOD to develop a standardized policy on body composition and physical fitness tests to ensure that service members have adequate time for postpartum recovery before they are required to meet body composition and physical fitness standards.

    94. Expansion of Support Programs for Special Operations Gold Star Families

    Led by For Country Caucus Member Jimmy Panetta and passed as a provision in the NDAA, this legislation expands support programs and access for the surviving immediate family members of Special Operations troops killed in service to the nation. This important legislation ensures that the family members of America’s special operators killed in the line of duty have access to the services and support programs they deserve.

    95. Military Hunger Prevention Act

    The Military Hunger Prevention Act requires the DOD to pay a basic needs allowance to eligible low-income members of the Armed Forces. Eligible are service members (with minor stipulations) that have a gross household income under 130% of the federal poverty guidelines of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The act provides that the DOD will pay service members a monthly allowance that brings their total yearly household income up to 130% of HHS poverty guidelines. The Military Hunger Prevention Act is likely to impact at least 20,000 military families, dramatically improving the lives of warfighters and their families.

    96. Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks (VIP) Act

    The Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks Act was introduced by For Country Caucus Member Mariannette Miller-Meeks and sponsored by For Country Caucus Members Reps. Peter Meijer, Conor Lamb, Salud Carbajal, Jason Crow, Michael Waltz, Mikie Sherrill, Elaine Luria, Jack Bergman, Brian Mast, Adam Kinzinger, Greg Steube, Mike Garcia, Tony Gonzales, Scott Franklin, and James Baird. The act makes National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes available, without charge, to members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and Gold Star Families. The pass covers the entrance fee and standard amenity recreation fees for all federal recreational lands and waters.

    97. Military Spouse Employment Assistance

    This NDAA provision orders a DOD study on military spouse employment, including barriers to entry like state licensing requirements.

    98. Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act

    The culmination of years of effort from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and many other Veterans Service Organizations With Honor Action partners with, this major legislation aims to help an estimated 5 million-plus veterans who may have been impacted by toxic exposures while serving our country. In addition to providing this healthcare, the PACT Act invests in new research on post-9/11 veterans’ health trends. With Honor Action endorsed the PACT Act and assisted with the bipartisan negotiations to get it passed.

    99. Report on the Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Servicemembers

    Initiated by For Country Caucus founding member Representative Seth Moulton, this provision directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), one of the most significant risk factors for suicide and future mental and physical health crises, among service members. An ACE is a potentially traumatic event that occurs between the ages of 0 and 17.

    100. Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environments (SERVICE) Act

    According to a 2021 study, female veterans are nearly three times more likely to develop invasive breast cancer than the rest of the population. Championed by For Country Caucus Member and medical doctor Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, this law helps address these concerning disparities by extending access to mammograms for all female veterans who served in areas with burn pits or other toxic exposures, regardless of their age, symptoms, or family history.

    101. Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options for Veterans (MAMMO) Act

    Led by For Country Caucus Member and medical doctor Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, this law requires the VA to develop a strategic plan to improve breast imaging services, create a telemammography pilot program for veterans in areas where the VA does not offer in-house mammography, and expand veterans’ access to clinical trials through partnerships with the National Cancer Institute.

    102. Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act

    According to a 2020 report released by the Department of Defense, more than two-thirds of military service members have reported that their spouse’s career prospects influence their re-enlistment decisions. With nearly 50% of military spouses working in fields that require licenses, relocation based on military orders can be enormously burdensome to military spouses who must then seek to regain their professional licensure, a process that can take up valuable time and money. This provision, co-led by For County Caucus Vice Chair Representative Salud Carbajal, removes this barrier, requiring states to recognize the valid professional licenses of a military spouse that was obtained in another state.

    103. Annual Report on Members Separating from the Active Duty Who File Claims for Disability Benefits

    The U.S. has an obligation to acknowledge service-related disabilities. This provision requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report that details the number of Armed Service members who have filed claims for disability benefits since 2019. The report must include how these claims were handled, when the claim was submitted relative to their discharge date from active duty, and whether a mental health check was completed.

    104. VITAL Assessment Act

    Initiated by For Country Caucus member Jake Ellzey, this law aims to provide critical mental health care and support to student veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Integration Academic Leadership Program.

    105. Army Rangers Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act

    The U.S. Army Rangers earned their motto, “Rangers, lead the way”, scaling the staggering cliffs of Pointe du Hoc and vanquishing the enemy through brutal hand-to-hand combat on D-Day. This law, championed by For Country Caucus member and Army Ranger Representative Jason Crow in the House and Iowa Army National Guard veteran Joni Ernst in the Senate, awards the Congressional Gold Medal – “the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions” – to these brave Army Rangers.

    106. Requirements to Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs of Members of the Armed Forces for Uniform Items

    Directs the Secretary of Defense to track out-of-pocket costs for uniforms incurred by service members. The findings will be used to develop an appropriate uniform replacement allowance for members of the Armed Forces.

    107. Fairness for Federal Firefighters

    Creates a presumption of service-connected disabilities stemming from serious diseases. This will ensure that an estimated 10,000 federal firefighters receive the same access to job-related disability and retirement benefits as state, county, and municipal firefighters.

    108. Treatment of Personally Identifiable Information Regarding Prospective Recruits

    Strengthens the privacy safeguards surrounding the collection of Personally Identifiable Information in military recruitment. It authorizes the Secretary of Defense to establish the Military Recruiting Modernization Program as a pilot program to evaluate the usage of more modern technologies in handling personally identifiable information.

    109. Increases in Maximum Allowable Income for Purposes of Eligibility for Basic Needs Allowance

    It is estimated that 24% of servicemembers face food insecurity. This legislation addresses this unacceptable problem by increasing eligibility for the Basic Needs Allowance. Championed by founding For Country Caucus Co-Chair, Jimmy Panetta, the provision raises eligibility from household incomes that fall below 130% federal poverty guidelines to 150%, and it empowers the Secretary of Defense to increase the eligibility threshold to 200% for specific cases.

    110. Post-Widow’s Tax Repeal SBP Open Enrollment for Service-Disabled Veterans Act

    In the 116th Congress, Representative Jared Golden and other members of the For Country Caucus successfully repealed what was dubbed as the “Widow’s Tax.” Although the repeal helped many families, nearly 1,600 service-disabled veterans had withdrawn from the Survivor Benefits Plan and stopped paying premiums. This provision creates a special open enrollment period for this targeted veteran population, allowing them to re-enroll, catch up on any missed premiums, and collect the benefits.

    111. Demonstration Project on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services for Children of the Armed Forces

    Directs the Secretary of Defense to brief the Committees on Armed Services on the adequacy and availability of mental health services for military children with mental health needs.

    112. Reserve Component Parental Leave Parity Act
    Led by Senators Maggie Hassan and Lisa Murkowski and For Country Caucus members Representatives Zach Nunn and Jeff Jackson, this bill expands parental leave eligibility for Reserve and National Guard members to cover all new parents, not just birthing mothers. In November, With Honor Action led a letter signed by Blue Star Families, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in support of this bill.

    113. Establishment of the Military Family Readiness Working Group for Military Housing
    This provision establishes a Working Group for Military Housing within the Department of Defense’s Military Family Readiness Council, a crucial step towards addressing the shortcomings in oversight of privatized military housing, composed of officers and enlisted servicemembers from across the Armed Services, military spouses, and senior Department and branch officials. The Working Group will meet no less than twice a year and make recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on policies for covered military housing.

    114. Annual report regarding overdoses by certain members of the Armed Forces
    In response to a September 2022 letter, the Department of Defense reported 322 fatal overdoses among active duty servicemembers between 2017 and 2021 and as many as 14,961 non-fatal overdoses from 2017 to the present. Led by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Ed Markey as well as For Country Caucus member Representative Seth Moulton, this provision requires the Secretary of Defense to provide to Congress a report on the number of annual overdoses among servicemembers and their families, and annually for four years after that.

    115. Military Spouse Employment Act
    Led by Senators Maggie Hassan and James Lankford and For Country Caucus member Representative Chrissy Houlahan, this bill allows executive agencies to appoint military spouses to remote work positions where current appointment authority does not explicitly extend to remote positions.

    116. Including Military Service in Determining Family and Medical Leave Act
    Allows military service time to count towards the one-year employment requirement for eligibility to use FMLA for veterans who are now Federal employees.

    117. DOD PFAS Cleanup Transparency Act
    This provision, co-led by For Country Caucus members Representatives Jack Bergman and Chrissy Houlahan, requires the Secretary of Defense to regularly update and publish on a publicly available website information on the status of the cleanup of sites for which the Secretary has obligated amounts for environmental restoration activities at military installations concerning perfluoroalkyl substances and polyperfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    118. Military Spouse Career Support Act
    This provision, led by Senators Jon Ossoff and Eric Schmitt, expands qualifying events under which military spouses may be reimbursed for relicensing and business costs to include transfers from a regular component of a uniformed service into the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve.

    119. Junior Enlisted Housing Affordability Act
    This provision, led by Senators Jon Ossoff and Thom Tillis, gives the Department of Defense more flexibility to determine housing stipends for servicemembers.

    120. Dual Basic Allowance for Housing for Training
    This provision authorizes a dual Basic Allowance for Housing for reservists without dependents who are called or ordered to active duty to attend training for at least 140 days but fewer than 365 days.

    121. Comforting Our Military Families through On-Base or Remote Treatment
    This provision, led by Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Dan Sullivan, increases access to counseling services on military bases by allowing Military and Family life counselors to work outside of the state in which they are licensed, addressing the behavioral health professionals shortage and allowing the Department of Defense to surge resources to areas in response to traumatic events, natural disasters, or deployments.

    122. Seaman Xavier Sandor Support for Sailors Act
    This provision, named after Seaman Xavier Sandor, who was one of the three tragic suicide deaths in two weeks aboard the USS George Washington in 2022, was partially incorporated and authorizes a Basic Allowance for Housing for sailors who are assigned to a ship undergoing extended maintenance.

    123. Modification of calculation of gross household income for basic needs allowance to address areas of demonstrated need
    This provision, based on efforts led by Senators Tammy Duckworth and Lisa Murkowski and For Country Caucus members Representatives Jimmy Panetta and Sanford D. Bishop, authorizes the Secretaries of the military branches to exclude from gross income, for eligibility for the Basic Needs Allowance, any portion of the Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a service member.

    124. Cost-of-living allowance in the continental United States: High-Cost Areas
    This provision expands eligibility for the cost-of-living allowance for service members stationed in CONUS (continental United States) by lowering the threshold for “high-cost areas” from 108% to 105% of the average cost of living.

    125. OCONUS (outside the continental United States) cost-of-living allowance: Adjustments
    This provision limits the Department of Defense’s ability to decrease the overseas cost-of-living allowance (OCOLA), a non-taxable allowance received by roughly 230,000 service members on top of their regular pay to offset cost differences while serving abroad. To combat significant decreases in the OCALA, the Department may only decrease the OCALA twice per calendar year and is limited in how much the OCALA may be reduced.

    126. Military Families Mental Health Services Act
    This provision aims to cut costs for active duty military families and expand access to mental health care services by providing family members covered by TRICARE, the military’s health insurance provider, with three free outpatient mental health visits per year, an estimated savings of $90 per person, per year.

    127. Protection and legal preparedness for members of the Armed Forces abroad
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Nick LaLota, tasks the Department of Defense and the Department of State to review the legal protections in place for service members deployed to foreign countries with which the United States maintains a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and to review and improve training and education materials for members of the Armed Forces covered by such protections.

    128. Expansion of authority to pay a member of the Armed Forces who is absent without leave or over leave for such absence
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Nick LaLota, authorizes the Secretary of Defense to continue paying and making allowances to certain Armed Forces members absent without leave.

    129. Due date for report on efforts to prevent and respond to deaths by suicide in the Navy
    This provision extends the statutory deadline for the Department of Defense’s Inspector General’s office to conclude its report on the suicides that occurred in 2022 among servicemembers assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

    130. Family Separation Allowance: Increase, Review
    The Family Separation Allowance is an additional compensation paid to servicemembers whose family members cannot live with or near them at their permanent duty station and is currently capped at $250 per month. This provision, led by For Country Caucus Co-Chair Representative Tony Gonzales, will increase this allowance by $150, totaling $400 per month.

    131. Report on the provision of mental health services via telehealth to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents
    This provision directs the Department of Defense to provide a briefing on the Department’s efforts to provide telehealth mental health services, including any challenges experienced by servicemembers and their families in obtaining continuing care when moving states or to a location outside of the United States and how the Department accommodates members of the Armed Forces who benefit from continued care from a specific mental health provider.

    132. Servicemember Mental Health Support Act
    This provision directs the Department of Defense to provide a briefing detailing the mental health care referral policies of the Armed Forces and making any related legislative recommendations that the Secretary deems appropriate.

    133. Government Accountability Office study on the process for determining cost-of-living allowances for members of the uniformed services assigned to the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, and overseas locations
    This provision directs the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on determining cost-of-living allowances for servicemembers, which includes the fairness of equity of the determination process and whether certain out-of-pocket expenses should be included in such calculations.

    134. Sense of Congress on access to mental health services through TRICARE
    This provision expresses Congress’s support for the Department of Defense’s efforts to ensure that members of the National Guard and their covered dependents enrolled in TRICARE have timely access to mental health services.

    135. Report on plan for coverage of certain devices capable of preventing and treating migraines for military personnel
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Don Davis, directs the Department of Defense to provide a briefing on whether to cover specific migraine prevention devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration capable of treating and preventing migraines for military personnel.

    136. Annual review and update of online information relating to suicide prevention
    This provision directs the Department of Defense to review and update online, publicly available information for suicide prevention efforts, including contact information, and to provide a briefing to Congress indicating the completion of this review and update.

    137. Study on non-clinical mental health services of the Department of Defense
    This provision directs the Department of Defense to provide a briefing regarding the Department’s non-clinical mental health services, including how these programs are implemented across the Department, the distribution of non-clinical mental health professionals, their effectiveness, and recommendations for the future of non-clinical mental health programs including the Military and Family Life Counseling Program.

    138. Report on Access to Breastfeeding Support
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Chrissy Houlahan, directs the Department of Defense to provide a report on breastfeeding support services offered by the Department, including sanitary expression, appropriate storage, and safe transport of breastmilk and to provide clarity on how many servicewomen remain in need of breastfeeding support.

    139. Report on improving fertility support services for geographically distant service members
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Chrissy Houlahan, directs the Department of Defense to provide a report that includes the number of service members who have accessed fertility care at a military treatment facility (MTF), an analysis of commercial entities that provide fertility services and estimated cost comparisons to Department facilities, and estimates of potential savings that service members could realize if fertility services were available without the need for travel.

    140. Report on TRICARE coverage issues for National Guardsmen and Reservists
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Chrissy Houlahan, addresses gaps in coverage and providers in TRICARE for National Guardsmen and Reservists who switch between TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Prime as they shift to active-duty service and back. Such changes result in gaps that leave Reservists and National Guardsmen responsible for paying insurance deductibles multiple times yearly. In response, the Department of Defense will provide a report outlining the costs and feasibility of extending TRICARE coverage during transition periods, extending coverage to active duty service, waiving deductibles, and lowering the initial premium payment from a two- to one-month premium.

    141. Protecting Widows of Servicemembers from Financial Exploitation
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus members Representatives Nick LaLota and Jimmy Panetta, directs the Department of Defense to submit a report on what programs are available to service members and their families that provide financial advice, efforts to decrease conflicts of interest, and if these programs are duplicative of existing programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    142. Indoor Air Quality Monitoring and Remediation
    This provision, led by For Country caucus member Representative Don Davis, directs the Department of Defense to prepare a plan for a pilot program to implement integrated air quality monitoring and remediation systems in military housing, healthcare facilities, and other facilities of the Department.

    143. Comptroller General Report on Perinatal Mental Health in the Military
    This provision directs the Comptroller General to conduct a review of related Department of Defense efforts to provide perinatal mental health services to members of the Armed Forces and their families, including a review of the specific training, certification, and resources the Defense Health Agency (DHA) makes available to obstetric and pediatric providers and an assessment of the availability of perinatal mental health care within DHA facilities.

    144. Report on Insurance for Military Housing Projects
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Don Bacon, directs the Department of Defense to provide a report on alternative insurance options for the construction and operation of military family housing and unaccompanied housing, noting that these insurance agreements were, in some cases, established over two decades ago.

    145. Report on Military Enlistment with Dependents
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Chrissy Houlahan, directs the Department of Defense to provide a report on the cost and feasibility of implementing faster waiver processes for single-parent enlistment and consideration of offering waivers for enlistment above currently maximum allowable dependents based on spousal income. Currently, while the services prohibit enlistment with dependents without a waiver, this prohibition ends a few months after initial training. With nearly 4% of all active duty servicemembers being single parents, this policy does not reflect the actual applications of this policy and places undue restraint on recruitment.

    146. Report on TRICARE Delays
    This provision, led by For Country Caucus member Representative Chrissy Houlahan, directs the Department of Defense to provide a report that includes an accounting of access to care metrics for beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE to military treatment facilities and a description of business rules for referrals to civilian providers and potential options for increasing these referrals to improve access to care.

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    147. Electoral Count Reform Act

    Reforms and modernizes the outdated 1887 Electoral Count Act, ensuring that electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state’s public vote for President. This provision passed in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, replaced ambiguous provisions of the 19th-century law with clear procedures that maintain appropriate state and federal roles in selecting the President and Vice President of the United States. With Honor Action endorsed the Electoral Count Reform Act and advocated for its passing alongside For Country Caucus member Representative Adam Kinzinger and other veterans of both parties.

    148. Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

    This major piece of legislation is the first gun reform and mental health bill to pass Congress in recent history. The bill was led on the House Republican side by For Country Caucus member Representative Tony Gonzales, whose district in Texas includes Uvalde. Representative Gonzales worked with Representative Jason Crow, an Army Ranger whose district in Colorado includes Columbine, and other For Country Caucus members to pass this bill into law.