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  • Joint Explanatory Statement to Accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

    by Representative Martha Roby

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    ROBY. Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my support for this National Defense Authorization Act. I want to express my gratitude to Chairman McKeon and the entire Armed Services staff for their hard work and commitment to our men and women in uniform.

    [[Page H8042]] While I will no longer be serving on the Armed Services Committee, I know that Chairman McKeon and his team will continue their good work.

    Mr. Speaker, providing for the common defense is one of the fundamental duties of the Congress spelled out in our Constitution, and I am proud to represent two distinguished military installations in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery and Fort Rucker-Wiregrass. These installations and others like them around the world will be better able to prepare our men and women thanks to this year's NDAA.

    One important part of this bill I want to highlight is its focus on helping our military assets respond to global threats while remaining within our Nation's fiscal constraints. During my time as chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, we focused on the rights of Afghan women and ensuring that our military is better postured to respond to any future attack, like the one on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September.

    {time} 1530 I am pleased that the NDAA provides provisions offering the appropriate guidance on both of these issues.

    The bill also addresses the important issue of sexual assault in the military in a responsible and reasonable way, and I know my friend Representative Walorski is going to address that in a moment, and I appreciate her and other's leadership on that issue.

    I encourage my colleagues in the House to pass this critical measure to ensure that our military men and women receive the resources and policy that they need to do their job.

    Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, for your work.

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