Sen. Graham lauds passage of National Defense Authorization Act

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was a driving force behind the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed in the Senate by a vote of 85 to 13 this past week.


Sen. Lindsey Graham  

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was a driving force behind the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed in the Senate by a vote of 85 to 13 this past week.

The NDAA, which calls for significant reforms of systems within the Pentagon, will now head to conference with the House of Representatives.

"Ensuring our men and women in uniform have the necessary tools, training, and equipment to carry out their critical mission of protecting our nation is the first responsibility of a nember of Congress," Graham said. “(In the bill) we showed strong support for keeping Guantanamo Bay open and ensuring the detainees currently housed there remain there. We authorized additional funds in the Defense Health Program budget for military health system reforms."

Additionally, the bill would ensure the Obama Administration could not cancel the MOX program — part of a diplomatic arrangement with Russia to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium as a part of global nuclear non-proliferation efforts.

“I truly appreciate the leadership shown by [Senate Committee on Armed Services Committee] Chairman and Ranking Member, Senators [John] McCain (R-AZ) and [Jack] Reed (D-RI), in pushing this legislation forward," Graham said. “In a time of bitter divisions, their leadership in bringing the Senate together gives me hope. They deserve much credit for a job well-done and our men and women in uniform will benefit from their good work.”

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