Alexander: Defense Bill Key to Military Readiness, Tennessee Installations

Posted on December 19, 2013

Says he’ll vote yes on legislation supporting troop pay, Second Amendment rights against UN Arms Trade Treaty

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“I am voting for this legislation because it ensures that the men and women wearing the uniform of our Armed Services are paid, and gives them the support they need to fight for our freedoms and keep us safe.” – Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that he would vote in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes funding for military pay, construction projects impacting Tennessee and a range of weapons programs.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is the most important legislation affecting the military that Congress considers,” Alexander said. “I am voting for this legislation because it ensures that the men and women wearing the uniform of our Armed Services are paid, and gives them the support they need to fight for our freedoms and keep us safe.”

The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes funding for the Department of Defense on a range of fronts. It includes military pay – which would expire for combat troops without passage of this legislation – and construction projects impacting members of the military and their families. It also provides funding for weapons programs, in addition to addressing a range of policies, including the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

 

Specifically, the legislation:

  • Provides military pay, including a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for military personnel. Pay for combat personnel would have expired at the end of 2013.
  • Provides funding for military construction projects in Tennessee, including: $137 million at Fort Campbell, $18 million at McGree Tyson Air National Guard Base near Knoxville, $4.3 million for the Navy in Memphis and $2.2 million at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma.
  • Prohibits funding from being used to implement any part of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty without advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, of which Alexander said, “The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty violates the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans and all Americans by failing to protect the lawful ownership and use of firearms.”
  • Includes more than 30 provisions related to combatting sexual assault in the military.

 

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