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

    by Representative James R. Langevin

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    LANGEVIN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LANGEVIN. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I rise in strong support of the House amendment to H.R. 3304, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.

    This legislation represents the best path forward for the work that we must do in order to support our men and women in uniform and our national security, and I applaud Chairman McKeon and Ranking Member Smith for their efforts to ensure that it is enacted.

    I am pleased that the bill continues the strong support of the Virginia-class submarine, Ohio Replacement Program, and the Virginia Payload Module, all of which are critical to our future capabilities. I am also pleased that this measure improves on several key aspects of the House-passed defense authorization, including a number of initiatives designed to confront sexual assault in our military, policies making progress towards the administration's goal of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and improved provisions relating to the nuclear weapons enterprise and missile defense.

    I have been proud to work closely in particular with Chairman Mac Thornberry on the numerous provisions under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Intelligence Emerging Threats and Capabilities, where I am proud to serve as ranking member. We have prioritized resources for our Special Operations Forces and our cybersecurity efforts, as well as investments in advanced technology and research and development.

    While more clearly must be done by both DOD and the whole of government to address the challenges our Nation faces in cyberspace, there are many positive steps as well in this legislation, including incentivizing new cybersecurity standards, ensuring U.S. Cyber Command has proper authorities and personnel, and coordinating cybersecurity efforts with related disciplines.

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank Chairman McKeon and Ranking Member Smith and their tireless committee staff for their efforts, and I urge my colleagues to support swift passage of this crucial legislation.

    Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the gentlewoman from Indiana (Mrs. Walorski), my friend and colleague, a member of the Armed Services Committee.

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