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September 23, 2021

Jones’ amendments, which would establish an Afghan Special Envoy and require the Department of Defense to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, pass as part of larger NDAA package

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) announced the successful inclusion of two of his amendments in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA), which passed in the House earlier today.


His first amendment, which he introduced with Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), would establish an Afghan Special Envoy to support the resettlement of Afghan refugees into the United States. His second amendment would require the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to Congress to reduce the Department of Defense’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with science-based targets.


“As our nation’s longest war comes to a close, it’s long past time we take action to ensure our military reflects our values and priorities as a nation,” said Congressman Jones. “From addressing our climate crisis to meeting our moral obligation to Afghan refugees, my amendments to this year’s NDAA will help us do exactly that. I’m thrilled that they’ve been included in the House-passed bill, and I'll continue fighting to ensure our defense budget is spent in a moral, strategic, and sustainable way.”


Jones has been vocal on the need to support the safe and efficient resettlement of Afghan refugees coming into the United States. In July, he helped pass the Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act, to increase the visa cap for Afghan interpreters and other partners. He also joined his colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to support the evacuation of Afghan women, extend refugee status to LGBTQ+ Afghans, and increase the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program cap to 200,000.


Rep. Jones has also been out front on the need for federal agencies to play an active role in tackling the climate crisis. Last week, Jones, alongside Reps. Pressley and Tlaib, introduced the Fossil Free Finance Act, legislation to require the Federal Reserve to mandate banks and other Systemically Important Financial Institutions align their financing of greenhouse gas emissions with science-based emissions targets.

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.