WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after voting in support of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, legislation to fund veterans’ services, military housing and family support, as well as hospital and health facilities construction.

“I’m pleased that Congress could come together and support this critical bipartisan legislation, which outlines funding for our servicemembers, veterans and military families, and works to ensure our military has the resources for facility improvements and construction which are integral to our national security.

“Tomorrow as we honor our nation’s veterans and recognize their unparalleled sacrifice, we are reminded of our responsibilities to live up to the promises we made to our men and women in uniform when they return home. This legislation works to address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs and works to improve veterans’ health care services, including homeless assistance, caregiver services, and expanding the current treatments offered.

“In addition, as our nation faces the threats of an unpredictable world, this legislation includes measures to keep some of the world’s most dangerous criminals detained at Guantanamo Bay by restricting the Obama Administration’s ability to build or outfit facilities in the United States intended for future relocation.

“As we honor Veterans Day, and every day, we must ensure support is in place to provide for our men and women in uniform, our military, and our national security.”

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