Both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016 (H.R. 1753) to authorize Defense Department programs and policies. The two congressional chambers must now seek to resolve their differences in a conference committee before a final bill can be approved and sent to the President. Representatives Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Adam Smith (D-WA) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI) will lead the conference. The following tables show the key differences between the two versions related to U.S. foreign military aid authorities, restrictions and reports or policies. These different versions are also compared with the President’s funding request when possible or applicable.
The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico’s primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person.
U.S. faith leaders have stated their support for the peace process in Colombia, and they have some recommendations for how the U.S. can adjust its aid to help the country’s effort for peace. On Monday, 32 faith-based leaders released a letter through the Latin American Working Group (LAWG) calling for the United States to support civilian institutions and civil society over the military.