Rep. Slotkin Lauds Bipartisan Passage of NDAA out of House Armed Services Committee

June 14, 2019
Press Release
Slotkin’s amendment to prevent foreign interference in U.S. political system passes in NDAA

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA officer and senior Pentagon official who serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), lauded the bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of the House Armed Services Committee. The bill includes Slotkin’s amendment to help prevent foreign information operations from interfering in the U.S. political system.

 

During Slotkin’s tenure at the Pentagon, she strongly advocated for and increased funding to support partners and allies, particularly through the European Deterrence Initiative, and helped lead the first-ever study at the Pentagon on how climate change would affect the U.S. military. Slotkin has been outspoken as a member of HASC for strengthening support for allies and partners, and building resiliency in the face of climate change’s threat to U.S. national security, priorities reflected as part of the bill.

 

“I’m proud that our committee came together to pass a bipartisan bill that maintains the strength of our national defense through several critical measures: the bill funds our military at the highest levels in history, supports our veterans and military families including a 3.1% military pay raise, strengthens provisions to combat foreign information operations and foreign adversaries that wish to do us harm, and enhances our military’s resilience to climate change, which poses a growing threat to our national security,” said Slotkin.

 

“I’m also pleased that all of the amendments and provisions specific to Michigan that I have advocated for to prevent PFAS contamination, support Michigan’s small businesses and grow our defense capabilities passed as part of the final bill.”

 

“As an Army wife with a step-daughter on active duty, as an American, I am deeply proud to serve on a committee that exercises historic bipartisan cooperation to get things done that actually improve the lives of those we serve, and protects the country we all love.”

 

Slotkin’s amendment highlights the impact of foreign interference in the U.S. political process, recognizes DoD’s ongoing work to counter information operations, and requests updates and an implementation plan by:

 

  • Calling out Russia and other state and non-state actors’ efforts to undermine democratic institutions through information operations and cyber attacks;

 

  • Recognizing DoD’s ongoing efforts to defend against and counter information operations.

 

  • Directs relevant components of DoD to brief HASC on the status of the implementation plan, and authorities, policies, and doctrine related to information operations.