WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017, which included two amendments offered by Congressman Poe. Both Poe amendments passed the House unanimously.
The Poe Amendments would:
- Instruct the Secretary of Defense to make certain surplus military equipment available to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for border security purposes along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Withhold reimbursement funding for Pakistan unless the Secretary of Defense can certify that Pakistan is not providing military, financial, or logistical support to any individuals designated by the U.S. as a terrorist operating in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
“Today, the House-passed bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act that helps to rebuild our military, increases funding to close readiness gaps, and gives our troops their biggest pay raise in eight years,” said Rep. Poe. “This bill included two of my amendments to strengthen border security and require that the Pentagon assess Pakistan’s support for known terrorists before handing over US dollars to Islamabad. Making excess military equipment available to federal, state, and law enforcement agencies along our southern border will provide much-needed support and reinforcements to the men and women who are our first line of defense. It is well known that Pakistan is a Benedict Arnold ally who supports multiple terrorist organizations, including groups that target Americans working to stabilize Afghanistan. But current limitations on military reimbursement funding to Pakistan only apply to one terrorist group: the Haqqani Network. Today, Congress took a step forward to end Pakistan’s betrayal of the US with the addition of an additional certification requirement.”
Poe is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade.