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Letter To Conferees


The Honorable James M. Inhofe
205 Russell Senate Office Building
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Adam Smith
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Jack Reed
728 Hart Senate Office Building
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mac Thornberry
2208 Rayburn House Office Building
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members,

For more than 50 years, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been a model of bicameral, bipartisan support. Despite sharp political differences, each year lawmakers have been able to set aside those differences to reach a consensus on this critical legislation, providing our military leaders and troops with a comprehensive blueprint of funding priorities for the next fiscal year.

As a leading voice for promoting and advancing cross-partisan, principled veteran leadership in Congress, With Honor Action encourages House and Senate NDAA conferees to continue this uninterrupted tradition and provide America’s service members with the resources they need to remain the best-trained and best-equipped fighting force in the world. We hope you will turn to the almost one quarter of House conferees who have served the country in uniform to help maintain this tradition.

Time is of the essence as America faces extraordinarily complex national security challenges around the world. The defense bill is essential to our success in meeting those challenges, protecting our interests, keeping Americans safe, and supporting military families, veterans and our civil servants.

Central to that mission is ensuring that several key provisions are included in the final conference bill. These practical, historically bipartisan proposals are designed to support those who are putting their lives on the line for our country, their families and civilian partners, and our allies around the world.

These provisions include:

Supporting America’s Warfighter

Provide service members with a 3.1% pay increase

Include sweeping provisions to combat sexual assault

Providing for Veterans, Families of Service Members, and Civil Servants

Eliminate the widow’s tax

Expand childcare services and financial resources to surviving family members of service members who die in the line of duty

Authorize Secretaries to reimburse family member expenses associated with transporting their loved one to a national cemetery

Demonstrate electronic health system interaction and interoperability between the Department of Defense and the Veteran Affairs Department

Extend death benefits to members of the Armed Forces who are participating in Career Intermission Program

Support military service academies by extending senior official engagement opportunities

Provides full military honors for Medal of Honor recipients and prisoners of war

Provide paid parental, family caregiving and medical leave to civil servants

Reinforcing Strategic Alliances

Reaffirm strong Congressional support for the North American Treaty Organization (NATO)

Addressing Adversarial Threats

Codify Huawei’s place on the Commerce Department Entity list and requiring a report on ZTE’s compliance with the Commerce settlement agreement

Make permanent section 1264 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Public Law 115-91) that required the President to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committee on the legal and policy frameworks for the use of military force and related national security operations

Passing the NDAA on a bipartisan basis would send a powerful message to the world that Congress is committed to advancing U.S. leadership and providing our troops with the resources needed to do their job.

We are grateful for your dedication and service to our country.

Respectfully,

Rye Barcott
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
With Honor Action

CC: House and Senate Conferees