Senate Armed Services Committee Completes Defense Authorization Bill


In: All News   Posted 05/09/2003
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced Friday that the committee has finalized the FY04 National Defense Authorization Bill. Sen. Cornyn also included language in the bill urging the Department of Defense to review its policies to determine if any additional measures can be taken to assist and expedite the naturalization of qualified service members who are not yet citizens. in early April, Cornyn introduced the Military Citizenship Act to expedite the naturalization process for non-citizens who bravely serve their country in America’s military.The following is the language Sen. Cornyn included in the Authorization Bill:"The committee recognizes the contribution to national security of the many non-citizen service members in the Armed Forces and particularly the ultimate sacrifice made by those non-citizen service members who lost their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism. "The committee strongly supports the decision by the President, retroactive to September 11, 2001, to exempt military members from the requirement to have served three years on active duty before applying for citizenship during the period of the war against terrorists. "The committee urges the Department of Defense and the military services to review its policies to determine if any additional measures can be taken to assist and expedite the naturalization of qualified service members and their families. Specifically, the Department of Defense is directed to examine the feasibility of allowing military personnel to receive official orders and utilize government transportation and lodging in order to carry out naturalization requirements.”