Statement on House NDAA Vote

June 23rd, 2022

Patrice Snow
[email protected]

Washington, DC – “We at DC Vote are disappointed in the House Committee on Armed Services defeating an amendment yesterday to the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act that didn’t include a provision for DC’s mayor to control the DC National Guard. Every other chief executive in the United States has control over their respective national guards and as we saw during the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, it is a strategic and moral imperative that DC’s chief executive has the same powers.”

“Twice now Congress has passed DC Statehood and even last year, the National Defense Authorization Act included control over the DC National Guard for the District’s mayor. That’s three times this Congress has supported what all states have – local control of the National Guard. We urge congressional leadership to put this provision into the final version of the bill.”