Joint Explanatory Statement to Accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014by Representative Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Posted on 2013-12-12
BORDALLO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the defense
authorization bill for fiscal year 2014. In a time of tight budgets, it
is important that we provide the resources to make sure that our forces
are properly trained, equipped, and appropriately manned. That is the
essence of military readiness. Our military must maintain a high level
of readiness to address a wide range of threats across this globe. This
bill helps to achieve that goal. This is all about keeping our Nation
secure and safe.
In particular, this bill makes significant progress in advancing our posture in the Asia-Pacific region. The bill upholds the U.S. commitment to modernizing our force posture which is a critical component of the strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, Mr. Speaker, freeing up Japanese funds for the realignment of marines from Okinawa is financially prudent and confirms our support of the Guam International Agreement.
I thank Chairman McKeon; Ranking Member Smith; my chairman, Mr. Wittman; our partners in the Senate; the staff on the committee and in my personal office for their support in developing this important bill.
I urge my colleagues to support this measure and pass it so the Senate can act on this critical measure which is so important to our men and women serving this Nation in defense.
Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Turner), the chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.