WASHINGTON – This 12 months’s version of the annual protection spending invoice features a collection of “anti-woke” measures pushed by Home Republicans — together with the stripping of funding for navy drag present performances and outlawing instruction in vital race concept.
“I fought onerous to make sure that DoD doesn’t spend any funds on drag queen reveals and youngsters’s drag queen story hours,” Home Armed Companies Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) instructed The Put up of the 2024 Nationwide Protection Authorization Act, revealed late Wednesday.
“These far-left hyper-partisan distractions do nothing to spice up readiness and functionality,” he added.
The invoice additionally requires slashing the Biden administration’s range, fairness and inclusion (DEI) packages within the navy. The textual content particularly requires eliminating the Pentagon’s DEI chief place and requiring Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin to “assess and validate the necessity for each place within the DEI forms.”
“[The bill] prohibits funds for any DoD advisory committee coping with race, gender id, sexual orientation, or social justice,” Home Republicans stated in an announcement Thursday.
Biden has made DEI one in every of his administration’s prime priorities, requiring all federal businesses to supply annual experiences assessing and creating range efforts in every of their departments.
The draft invoice would additionally prohibit the Pentagon from contracting with NewsGuard Applied sciences, an organization that claims to “factcheck” reporting and problem “danger of hurt” rankings to numerous media – however in actuality has largely censored conservative shops.
“[The bill] prohibits DoD from contracting with NewsGuard Applied sciences or related promoting corporations that blacklist conservative information sources,” in keeping with the assertion.
Additional, the invoice’s closing draft would get rid of all funding for the Pentagon’s ‘Countering Extremism Working Group,‘ which the Home GOP referred to as “politically biased.”
The group is supposed to “deal with the risk posed by prohibited extremist actions” and deal with “discrimination, hatred, and harassment” within the providers, in keeping with the Protection Division.
Nonetheless, Republican leaders have stated the group – fashioned within the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot by former President Donald Trump’s supporters on the Capitol – has unfairly focused conservative troops.
The invoice would additionally get forward of a pending federal rule that might require the Pentagon to pick out solely the greenest contractors for multimillion-dollar weapons awards – even because the protection trade races to maintain up with rising manufacturing wants.
“[It] blocks the DoD from requiring protection contractors to doc the influence their weapons methods have on greenhouse gasoline emissions and submit plans to scale back emissions,” in keeping with the Home Republicans assertion.
It’s unlikely that the entire provisions will make it by the method of negotiations with Democrats in passing the NDAA. Beforehand, the left has fiercely denounced their Republican counterparts for together with conservative priorities in what is often a bipartisan annual course of.
“Excessive MAGA Republicans have chosen to hijack the traditionally bipartisan Nationwide Protection Authorization Act to proceed attacking reproductive freedom and jamming their right-wing ideology down the throats of the American individuals,” Home Democratic Minority Chief Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) stated in a July assertion after an earlier model of the invoice handed the Home.
Nonetheless, Rogers instructed The Put up that the GOP provisions would profit navy readiness.
“The main target of our navy,” he stated, “have to be to keep up probably the most succesful and deadly pressure on the planet.”