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Rep. AOC's NDAA Amendments on Colombia, Saudi Arabia Pass House

September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Late Thursday evening, four amendments that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the House. One amendment would block the sale of weapons to the Saudi unit that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. had provided training approved by the State Department to the Saudi operatives responsible for Khashoggi’s murder, highlighting the grave danger of U.S. military partnerships with countries engaged in human rights abuses. 

Three amendments focused on the U.S. relationship with Colombia also passed the House. One requires the Departments of Defense and State to produce a report on the status of human rights in Colombia within 180 days, given reports that as many as 63 people were killed this year during demonstrations against anti-working class reforms (full amendment text). Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also submitted an amendmentthat would prohibit the sale of military aid, weaponry, and training to Colombia’s Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron, which was directly responsible for egregious abuses during the April 2021 protests. Additionally, the Congresswoman reintroduced her amendment to prevent any U.S. funds from supporting aerial fumigation, which has been used in an attempt to decrease cocaine production; but instead has resulted in devastating health and environmental consequences for the Colombian people.