Ross Amendments Pass House: Save Commissaries and No More $750,000 Taxpayer-Funded Soccer Fields for Terrorists
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) lauded the passage of his two amendments to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). These amendments passed the House unanimously en bloc. H.R. 4435 passed the House by a vote of 325-98.
Ross’s amendment to save military commissaries would prevent any funds from being used to close any commissary store.
“America has some of the best and most courageous men and women in uniform,” said Ross. “They have offered to place their lives on the line for our freedom. They have earned their benefits – whether it’s Tricare, Cost-of-Living Adjustments, or whether it’s commissaries. We can’t throw around as a bargaining chip the benefits of those who have sacrificed everything.”
Ross’s second amendment would prohibit funds from being used for recreational facilities for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2012, it was discovered that the federal government spent $750,000 of taxpayer funds to build a recreational soccer field in Guantanamo Bay for detainees.
“The people being held at Gitmo are terrorists who tried to harm Americans,” said Ross. “Our country is in substantial debt. We should be spending this money on cancer research; not on making life more pleasant for terrorists held at our prisons.”