Key Proposed Amendments to House Defense Policy Bill

The House on June 14 passed its fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill (HR 1960), 315-108. Following are details of 12 key amendments that lawmakers proposed, with links to full vote summaries included when applicable.

TOPIC DETAILS SPONSOR VOTE
Afghanistan States that it is U.S. policy that the president transfer combat operations from U.S. forces to Afghanistan by the end of 2013, and that other military and security operations depart by the end of 2014. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. Adopted, 305-121
Detainees Eliminate indefinite military detention for anyone detained under the Authorization for Use of Military Force enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and provide for the immediate trial of anyone now so detained. Adam Smith, D-Wash. Rejected, 200-226
Detainees Prohibit the secretary of Defense from using any funds authorized to the department for transfer or release of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detainees to Yemen. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind. Adopted, 236-188
Detainees Provide a framework to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by Dec. 1, 2014. Adam Smith, D-Wash. Rejected, 174-249
Habeas Corpus Require the government, in habeas proceedings for U.S. citizens apprehended in the United States pursuant to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, to prove the citizen is an enemy combatant, with no presumption that its evidence is accurate. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va. Adopted, 214-211
ICBM Silos Require the Defense Department to preserve active Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos containing deployed missiles in a "warm status" to enable them to be operational. Cynthia M. Lummis, R-Wyo. Adopted, 235-189
Naval Aircraft Reduce the number of aircraft carriers the U.S. Navy must maintain from 11 to 10. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Rejected, 106-318
OCO Budget Match the president's budget request for Overseas Contingency Operations. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. Rejected, 191-232
Russia Require the president to convey to Congress details of any proposed agreements with Russia concerning U.S. missile defense or nuclear arms. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio Adopted, 239-182
Russia Reinstate funding for New START. Rick Larsen, D-Wash. Rejected, 195-229
Sexual Assault Study instances of abusing one’s authority in the chain of command when a superior is found to have sexually abused a subordinate and report findings and recommendations to Congress.** Lois Frankel, D-Fla. Adopted in en bloc package
Sexual Assault Establish mandatory minimum sentences of discharge, dismissal and confinement required for certain sex-related offenses committed by servicemembers. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio Adopted by voice vote

** Note: The details of this amendment have been corrected from an earlier version of this chart.