House Passes FY 2014 Defense Authorization Act

Washington, Jun 14, 2013 -

Today, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to ensure that our military has the resources necessary to protect our country. Specifically, the bill authorizes $552.1 billion for the Department of Defense and other critical national security programs. In addition, the bill includes a number of policy provisions concerning weapons acquisitions and procurement, Department of Defense organization and management, and education and training. 

Recognizing the service and sacrifice of the members of our Armed Forces, the House-passed authorization includes a 1.8% pay raise for servicemembers and rejects proposals to increase or establish new TRICARE fees. The NDAA also includes long overdue changes to combat sexual assault in the military and ensures that those who have committed such heinous crimes are brought to justice and held accountable. Specifically, the NDAA would strip commanders of their authority to dismiss a finding by a court martial or from reducing guilty findings to a lesser offense, establish minimum sentencing guidelines, and provide additional support services and protections to victims of sexual assault.

Our troops are giving their best to America and it is our responsibility to provide them the resources they need to defend our nation. As the debate over the FY 2014 NDAA moves forward, I will continue to work to ensure that our defense policy meets the national security challenges facing our country and provides our servicemembers the care and support they have earned.

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