Yesterday, Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) made comments on the signing of the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 that was signed by the President on December 26, 2013; after it passed the House on December 12, 2013 with a vote of 350 – 69; pass the Senate on December 19, 2013 with a vote of 85 – 14. The act included his amendment to ban funding for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
Rep. Kelly introduced H. Con. Res. 23, a bipartisan concurrent resolution that expressed opposition to go treaty on behalf of members of Congress on March 15, 2013. On May 30, 2013 he submitted a bipartisan letter to Pres. Obama and Sec. Kerry urging them to reject the treaty and sent a similar letter after Sec. Kerry signed the treaty on October 15, 2013.
Rep. Kelly continued his efforts by introducing an amendment to prohibit federal funding for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty for one year by the Department of Defense on June 14, 2013. After the House and Senate compromised a new updated version to his amendment was passed. And on July 24, 2013 the House Appropriations Committee approved the ban amendment based on language from a bipartisan letter that was submitted by Rep. Kelly.
Congressman Mike Kelly made the following statement yesterday:
“As I and many others have long stated, the ATT is a clear threat to our national sovereignty and the Constitutional rights of all Americans and should never have been signed. I am therefore glad to say that a major victory has been achieved in the fight to make sure this dangerous treaty never affects the United States in any capacity. Earlier this month, the House and Senate acted in a bipartisan manner to affirm my amendment’s resistance to the treaty by including it in the NDAA’s final passage. Now that the NDAA has been signed by President Obama, the White House has joined Congress in taking a belated stand for American strength and sovereignty by making this crucial amendment the law of the land.”