WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after voting to protect funding the Defense Department:

“I remain disheartened by the misplaced opposition of my Democratic colleagues to taking up this important defense appropriations bill, which is paramount to upholding our commitment to the military and our servicemembers. In the midst of ever-increasing and complex global threats, there is simply no time for partisan politics on a bill that has broad bipartisan support.

“Congress has the responsibility to ensure we uphold the promises made to our men and women in uniform and make certain that our military has the tools to defend our national security – passing this defense appropriations bill is necessary in working towards that goal.”

In June, Senator Ernst voted for the Senate’s fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included seven amendments the Iowa Senator authored. Read more here.

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