Alexander Votes to Support Troops, Combat ISIS and Fund Military

Posted on June 18, 2015

Says Democrats should not block the Senate appropriations bill that funds U.S. Department of Defense

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“Unlike last Congress when the Democratic majority blocked Republicans from offering amendments, our new Republican majority is committed to giving senators the opportunity to offer amendments and improve this legislation to help keep the American people safe.”– Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote in favor of beginning debate on the fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations Bill:

“Today I voted for bipartisan legislation that supports our troops and national defense at a time of heightened terrorist threats from ISIS and other groups around the world. These are serious times, and I’m disappointed the Democratic minority decided to block the Senate from even considering this bill. Unlike last Congress when the Democratic majority blocked Republicans from offering amendments, our new Republican majority is committed to giving senators the opportunity to offer amendments and improve this legislation to help keep the American people safe.”

The legislation provides $576 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Defense and military programs, including pay raises for troops, military equipment and weapons to maintain readiness, and critical medical research, Alexander said. Alexander also voted for the legislation in the Senate Appropriations Committee last week, where it passed by a bipartisan vote of 27 to 3.

Alexander noted that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the Republican majority leader, has pledged to allow senators to offer amendments on the Senate floor. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations Bill on June 11 by a vote of 278-149.

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