WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement today following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 85-13. This legislation will soon go to conference with the House of Representatives to iron out differences between the two chambers.
Graham is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“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 Member of Congress.
“In this year’s bill, we put in place major reforms of systems within the Pentagon. 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. Finally, we took steps to ensure the Obama Administration cannot cancel the MOX program.
“I truly appreciate the leadership shown by our Chairman and Ranking Member, Senators McCain and Reed, in pushing this legislation forward.
“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.”