Exclusive–Office of Countering Extremism and Red Flag Provisions Scrapped from Defense Bill

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (C), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (L) and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie (R) testify during a hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee at Dirksen Senate Office Building September 28, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, …
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Two provisions staunchly opposed by a group of House Republicans have been scrapped from the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act during negotiations on the bill between the House and Senate, Breitbart News has exclusively learned.

Negotiators scrapped a provision that would have established “Office of Countering Extremism” within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, a source familiar with the negotiations told Breitbart News on Monday afternoon.

The office would have furthered the Biden Pentagon’s goal to “root out” extremists from the military that conservatives feared was aimed at targeting conservative members of the military.

The other provision would have allowed military courts to issue protective orders that could be used to confiscate firearms from active duty service members without due process.

The scrapping of the provisions came as House and Senate negotiators are conferencing their versions of the NDAA together for final passage by the end of the year.

Just last week, members of the House Freedom Caucus voiced their opposition to the bill, citing those as well as other provisions, as recently reported by Breitbart News.

Politico also reported on Monday that another provision that would require women to register for the draft was also scrapped, giving conservatives another win. The outlet called the development “a stunning turnaround after the proposal gained bipartisan support in both the House and Senate this year.”

Republicans in the House and Senate cheered the news.

“It appears the NDAA will no longer require women to register for the military draft. I certainly hope that is case. If it is not, then I will keep fighting for a vote on the Senate floor to strip this wrong and misguided provision out of the final bill,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said in a statement Monday evening.

Hawley introduced an amendment to strip the provision out of the final bill in July.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) was also staunchly opposed to the provision.

“I don’t think anyone worked harder to get the #DraftOurDaughters out of the NDAA bill than @chiproytx,” tweeted Scott Parkinson, Vice President of government affairs for Club for Growth.

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