WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R.
4435, the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included
an amendment by Congresswoman Robin Kelly aimed at helping to rescue
more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped last month in Nigeria.
Kelly’s amendment requires the Departments of Defense and State to
report to Congress on the status of the kidnapped girls as well as to
provide background on the U.S. search and rescue effort in Nigeria. The
amendment also requires that the two departments provide Congress with a
threat assessment of the Boko Haram terrorist group and that they
submit recommendations on how the U.S. and Nigerian governments can work
together to rescue the kidnapped girls and help protect other girls
from a similar fate.
“I, like so many across the world, was outraged at the kidnapping of
those young schoolgirls who were exercising their right to get an
education. Victimizing innocent children for perverse political purposes
should not be tolerated anywhere in the world,” Kelly said. “By
Congress having access to more detailed information about this terrorist
group and their movements, we will be in a better position to end Boko
Haram’s reign of terror.
The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, including Kelly’s
amendment, passed the House and will now be considered in the Senate.
SOURCE: Robin Kelly