Alexander: Defense Authorization Act Supports Military, National Security

Votes in favor of legislation that supports defense priorities

Posted on June 18, 2015

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“I voted for the National Defense Authorization Act because it will help ensure that our service men and women in uniform receive the support and resources they need.” – Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016:

“I voted for the National Defense Authorization Act because it will help ensure that our service men and women in uniform receive the support and resources they need,” Alexander said. “I am glad this bill supports our military service members who sacrifice so much to protect and defend the United States.”

The National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate. The Senate legislation authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and Department of Energy on a range of fronts:

  • The bill authorizes $12.6 million for the construction of a Special Operations company headquarters and classrooms at Ft. Campbell.
  • The bill also authorizes a 1.3 percent pay increase for members of the military, including troops at Ft. Campbell and the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington.
  • The bill authorizes the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian opposition forces to combat ISIS and to support Jordan and Lebanon as they confront the ISIS threat.
  • The bill expresses the sense of the Senate that the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan should be based on security conditions within Afghanistan as well as U.S. interests in that region of the world.
  • The bill continues to prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. and prevents the construction or renovation of any facility in the U.S. for Guantanamo detainees until the secretary of defense submits a detailed plan for each detainee housed at Guantanamo, and Congress approves that plan. The bill also prohibits the transfer of detainees to any country where other detainees have already been transferred and then returned to the fight.
  • The bill authorizes $19 billion for Department of Energy national security programs which support critical work in Oak Ridge.

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