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

    by Former Representative Colleen W. Hanabusa

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    HANABUSA. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this bipartisan legislation.



    The NDAA has been approved with bipartisan support for 51 consecutive years, so I am pleased our committee was able to reach an agreement.

    The bill includes over $400 million in important funding for military construction in the State of Hawaii that will solidify our position in support of the Asia-Pacific rebalance. As you know, Hawaii is America's gateway to the Asia-Pacific.

    I would like to thank the chair and ranking member for working with me to include critical provisions for Hawaii, and thank my bipartisan colleagues on the committee for helping me authorize new money for the Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program, which will be used to preserve national security and ensure the long-term viability of the American maritime industry.

    I am pleased that the bill includes language that will help further critical research objectives in Hawaii for the Office of Naval Research for organizations like the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research. This will allow Hawaii to thrive into the future.

    Thank you, everyone, for your hard work on this year's bill, and I call upon my colleagues to vote for this important legislation.

    Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, may I inquire as to the remaining time? The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from California has 2\1/2\ minutes remaining, and the gentleman from Washington has 5\1/2\ minutes remaining.

    Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, I will be the concluding speaker here, so I will reserve the balance of my time.

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