H.R. 4350

Updated: Feb 23

H.R.4350 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress


The Description of this Bill is as follows:


To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2022 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes


You can read through the entire bill here






On September 23rd H.R 4350 Passed the house by a vote of 316 (Y) to 113(N)



To easily search how each representative vote click below.

Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives - Vote Details


Members of our website have brought to light multiple issues with this Bill. We will highlight a few of these below. We encourage you to help us in researching this legislation and posting your findings in the forum. We will continue to keep this blog post updated with the latest info.


 

Sec. 529. (page 297 in the bill embedded above)

Authority of military judges and military magistrates to issue military court protective orders.

From our Forum "This would create an emergency Military Gun Confiscation Order that would: be exempt from Due Process protections, and; becomes precedent for enforcing gun confiscation for the civilian population."


Additional info can be found here

 

Sec. 529A. Countering extremism in the Armed Forces. (page 303)

Reading through this section a big issue arises; in the overall topic of banning "extremism" in the military there is no solid definition of what they define as "extremism, extremist ect." The only definition given is:


‘§ 1805. Definitions ‘‘In this chapter: ‘‘(1) The terms ‘extremist activities’ and ‘extremist organization’ have the meanings prescribed by the Secretary of Defense. ‘‘(2) The term ‘extremist insider threat’ means a member or civilian employee of the armed forces with access to Government information, systems, or facilities, who ‘‘(A) can use such access to do harm to the security of the United States; and ‘‘(B) exhibits extremist behaviors.’’ (emphasis mine)


This could be painting with a very broad brush. If the definition is not written in stone and is up to the current Secretary of Defense then if you are in the military (thank you for your service!) and you disagree with the direction, policies, ect that the military is moving in you could be labeled as an "extremist" and face consequences. Like having your Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights taken away. Scary Thought.

 

Immediately after passing the House:


"09/23/2021-9:05pm Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

Action By: House of Representatives


It appears the bill is still before the House for consideration.


 


In a press release, on 9-28-21 Bryan Steil's office released an article detailing 5 amendments he has offered to H.R. 4350. None of them have to do with the sections detailed above.


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