MIL-OSI USA: Ocasio-Cortez Submits 9 Amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

Washington, D.C. — Ahead of the vote on the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) submitted nine amendments that collectively seek to end practices from the United States that have contributed to human rights abuses. 

One amendment — requiring the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Central Intelligence Agency, to conduct a declassification review of documents related to the U.S.’s involvement in Chile’s coup of 1973 — was made in order and will be voted on in the upcoming week.

Of the other eight amendments submitted, one amendment would block the sale of weapons to the Saudi unit that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. provided training approved by the State Department to the Saudi operatives responsible for Khashoggi’s murder, highlighting the grave danger of U.S. military partnerships with countries engaging in human rights abuses.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez also introduced two amendments focused on the U.S. relationship with Colombia. First, she called on the Departments of Defense and State to produce a report on past human rights violations in Colombia, including an overview of the United States—Colombia military partnership between 1980 and 2010. Additionally, the Congresswoman reintroduced her amendment to prevent any U.S. funds from supporting aerial fumigation of crops in Colombia, which has resulted in devastating health and environmental consequences for the Colombian people.

The Congresswoman introduced three more amendments focused on U.S. relations with other Latin American countries. One amendment requires the Secretary of State to conduct a study on the feasibility of providing debt relief to countries in the Amazon region in exchange for commitments to conserve key areas of the Amazon Rainforest. Additionally, the Congresswoman introduced an amendment requiring that the Secretary of Defense submit a certification addressing human and civil rights violations in Peru before continuing certain cooperation with the government of Peru. The final amendment requires the Secretary of State to submit an unclassified report to Congress on an overview of the US-Brazil military partnership between 1964 and 1985.

The Congresswoman also introduced two other amendments to address climate and environmental issues. One amendment would require a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the status of the Federal cleanup and decontamination process in the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also submitted an amendment requiring consistent emissions reporting from the Department of Defense to address discrepancies in emissions reports to the United Nations and the United States Congress.