Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Chairman Smith, and Chairman McGovern:
The undersigned organizations, from across the political spectrum and focusing on an array of issues, urge you to include the District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act (H.R. 657) in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
This legislative provision, which was included in last year’s NDAA but was not preserved in conference, will address critical flaws and loopholes in the existing laws governing the National Guard that were exposed by recent events, including the deployment of the National Guard in Washington, D.C., in June 2020 and during the January 6 insurrection. Given the serious threats that these gaps and weaknesses have already shown to pose to the integrity of the National Guard, as well as to Americans’ safety and constitutional rights, we call on you to ensure that this reform is added to the FY2023 NDAA.