NTU urges all Representatives to vote "YES" on the following Amendments to H.R. 4310:
May 17, 2012
As the House considers H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, NTU urges all Representatives to support initiatives that save taxpayers money while preserving our strong national defense by voting as follows:
- “YES” on Amendment #182: Introduced by Representatives Bartlett (R-MD) and Flake (R-AZ), this amendment would prevent federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) as a condition of winning a federal construction contract. PLAs diminish the benefits of competitive contracting and, by effectively encouraging unionization, undercut an individual’s right to choose whether or not to be represented by a union. PLAs are often the source of cost overruns and higher construction expenses, both of which are passed on to the taxpayer.
- “YES” on Amendment #68: Introduced by Representatives Quigley (D-IL) and Guitierrez (D-IL), this amendment would eliminate the funds available for procurement of the V-22 Osprey aircraft, putting the savings toward deficit reduction. Eliminating the V-22 Osprey aircraft program was part of over one trillion dollars in savings identified in the “Common Ground” joint report by NTU and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The V-22 Osprey has suffered from numerous schedule, management, cost, and production issues, and has been called “far less reliable” than it needs to be for active service by the Government Accountability Office. Amendment #68 would save taxpayers $15 billion.
- “YES” on Amendment #103: Introduced by Representatives Conyers (D-MI) and Ellison (D-MN), this amendment would terminate the F-35B aircraft program and authorize the Secretary of Defense to procure additional F/A-18E or F/A-18F aircraft to replace them. This is in line with a Presidential Panel that recommended cancellation of the aircraft due to technical problems, cost overruns, and delays. The Panel found that a mix of aircraft with varying capabilities such as the F/A-18E to be sufficient for our defense needs. Cancelling the F-35B will save taxpayers $3.9 billion in 2015.
Roll call votes on these amendments will be included in our Annual Rating of Congress and NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES.”
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift at (703) 683-5700