In the News: Rep. Jason Crow’s Amendment to Ban Pentagon Funds for Child Separation Passes NDAA
This morning, Representative Jason Crow’s (CO-06) amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit the Department of Defense from supporting child separation from their parents passed the House Armed Services Committee.
Crow’s amendment would prohibit defense funding to be used to house children forcibly separated from their parents.
“My amendment ensures that our nation’s military facilities focus on our common defense -- not the cruel whims of this President,” said Crow.
Crow has long spoken out against the administration’s family separation policy saying last year in front of the ICE facility in Aurora, “Right now there are parents in facilities just like this one that have no idea where their children are, whether they are safe. There are children sitting at facilities on the border crying for their parents. Not knowing where they are or whether they will ever see them again. This is not who we are as a country. This is not OK by any standard of decency. We will not put up with it. We will not tolerate it.”
By Rebecca Kheel
The House Armed Services Committee early Thursday rejected Republican attempts to remove language from the annual defense policy bill aimed at blocking President Trump’s border wall.
The committee did adopt by voice vote an amendment from Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) to prohibit defense funds from being used to house children forcibly separated from their parents.