The US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee voted 60 to 1 to amend the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include language from the Amateur Radio Parity Act that has tried to get approval for several years now. This was a bipartisan effort brought about my Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), & Mike Rogers (R-AL). Vicky Hartzler is a Congresswoman from the Missouri 4th Congressional District; which encompasses Columbia, parts of Kansas City, Sedalia, Lebanon, Ft. Leonard Wood, and Whiteman Air Force Bases.

This amendment will guarantee that Amateur Radio operators will be able to maintain antenna structures. This ensures that they will be available when called upon for emergency communications in our nation. The committee session lasted for about 14 hours last night, and ended in the vote that will now pass the amended bill on to the full House of Representatives. The US Senate will begin a similar process on the NDAA during the week of May 21.

The effort to press to have the Parity Act language added to the NDAA was championed by Reps. Courtney, and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), both of who are cosponsors of the Amateur Radio Parity Act it’s self. Both recognize the value that the Amateur Radio community can provide to the Defense Department. Rep Kinzinger has severed many tours in the United State’s Air Force, and Rep Courtney serves the district that includes ARRL headquarters in Newington, CT. They are committed to seeing this bill passed in Congress, to secure a solid relationship between Amateur Radio, and the Federal government in times of need!

Franklin, KD0RSJ