Alexander: Defense Authorization Critical to National Security

Votes in favor of legislation to provide military pay, fund important military projects

Posted on December 12, 2014

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“I voted for the National Defense Authorization Act because it is critical to our national security and to ensuring that our men and women in uniform receive the support and resources they need.” – Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015:

“I voted for the National Defense Authorization Act because it is critical to our national security and to ensuring that our men and women in uniform receive the support and resources they need,” Alexander said. “I look forward to the new Senate majority in which I believe senators will have an opportunity to debate and amend important legislation like this.”

The National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate by a vote of 89-11 and will go to the president for signature. The legislation authorizes funding for the Department of Defense on a range of fronts, including:

  • Providing military pay with a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for military personnel.
  • Funding for military construction projects in Tennessee, specifically $41 million at Fort Campbell.
  • Preventing another round of military base closures.
  • Alexander’s legislation that designates three sites of the World War II-era Manhattan Project, including sites at Oak Ridge, as a National Historical Park. This will “preserve and protect one of the most historic events in American history,” Alexander says.

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