Sending Office: Honorable Janice D. Schakowsky
Current Cosponsors: Raúl M. Grijalva, Luis V. Gutiérrez, Barbara Lee, James P. McGovern, Jared Polis, Carol Shea-Porter, Jamie Raskin, Mark Pocan, Gwen Moore, Frank Pallone Jr., Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna,
Bobby L. Rush, Yvette D. Clarke, Keith Ellison
I invite you to become a cosponsor of the Stop Outsourcing Security Act (SOS Act).
Today, 8 years after the U.S. troop presence in Iraq ended and after substantial cutbacks in the troop presence in Afghanistan, the U.S. still has more than 30,000 private defense contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. The number of U.S. private security contractors
has surged over the past several years. There are more contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan now than there were in 2015.
These men and women are not part of the U.S. military or government. They do not wear the uniform of the United States, though their behavior has, on numerous occasions, severely damaged the credibility and security of our military and harmed our relationship
with other governments.
The SOS Act would phase out the use of for-profit private security contractors in conflict zones for military, security, law enforcement, intelligence, and armed rescue functions unless the President tells Congress why the military is unable to perform those
functions. It would also increase transparency over any remaining security contracts by increasing reporting requirements and Congressional oversight.
For more information or to become a cosponsor of the SOS Act, please contact Aaron Weinberg in my office at Aaron.Weinberg@mail.house.gov or 5-2111.
Member of Congress
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