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McCaul Offers NDAA Amendments to Strengthen National Security, Foreign Policy

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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul has offered 10 amendments to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House Foreign Affairs Committee plays a vital role when it comes to America’s national defense. 

“Our chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened our adversaries and weakened our alliances. So it’s more important than ever to make sure we are equipping those who risk their lives to defend our country with all the tools they need to confront the global challenges we are currently facing, and prepare for future conflicts. Many of the amendments I have submitted already have bipartisan support, and I strongly urge the Rules Committee to allow each of my amendments the opportunity to be voted on by the full House.”

Congressman McCaul’s Amendments to the FY22 NDAA:

  • McCaul 230: This amendment, identical to the House-passed, bipartisan H.R.192, authorizes an interagency program to counter-terrorism and violent extremism in North and West Africa and strengthens congressional oversight of U.S. support to addressing security threats in the region.

  • McCaul 236: In this measure, the House of Representatives formally determines that the ongoing atrocity crimes against Uyghurs by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), constitute genocide under international law.

  • McCaul 240: The American Values and Security in International Athletics Act establishes a human rights and personal privacy briefing for U.S. athletic delegations when the Olympics and other international athletic competitions take place in communist, authoritarian, or other human rights-abusing countries.

  • McCaul 241: Reflects Congressman McCaul’s bill, H.R. 1934,  which will help the United States counter China’s aggressive 5G expansion around the world by increasing U.S. leadership and participation at international standards-setting bodies for 5G.

  • McCaul 242: Authorizes the $300 million Countering Chinese Influence fund which provides additional resources to the Department of State and USAID to counter the malign activities of the CCP, to establish Congressional oversight of these taxpayer dollars, ensuring proper management and strategic direction.

  • McCaul 243: Requires Commerce Department to report to Congress on a quarterly basis all the export control licenses that have been approved or denied to PRC companies on the Entity List. It also requires the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to designate all identified CCP military companies on the Entity List.  

  • McCaul 244: Requires the Operating Committee, which determines if an export license is approved or denied, to make decisions by majority vote (i.e. State, Energy, Defense, and Commerce all get one vote to approve or deny a license instead of the current system wherein Commerce decides by itself) and sets conditions on the appeals process.

  • McCaul 245: Requires BIS to issue rulemaking that updates and strengthens the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) entity listing. The new rule would require BIS to update the technical parameters (e.g. threshold at 16nm and removal of “uniquely required”) of the SMIC licensing policy and add new restrictions on Huawei.

  • McCaul 631: Authorizes new mandatory sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to stop the Putin regime from making this Russian malign influence project operational.

  • McCaul 664: Updates Afghanistan-related reporting requirements to reflect the new situation on the ground following the Taliban takeover and requires the Administration to submit to Congress any agreements reached with the Taliban to enable the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan.

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