Jun 14 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included several of her measures, and passed with bipartisan support.
“This bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act ensures that our military has the resources and equipment they need to take on the numerous global threats our country faces, from combatting the spread of terrorism to protecting our nation from ballistic missile systems. This legislation also looks out for our servicemen and women returning from the battlefield by improving and expanding access to health care.
“Importantly, this bill also takes concrete steps to change the culture surrounding sexual assault in the military. The NDAA includes my bipartisan work with Senator Claire McCaskill to prevent retaliation against military sexual assault survivors by making retaliation its own crime in the military, increasing transparency, enhancing training, and implementing best practices. Furthermore, it includes my provision to provide quality legal counsel to military sexual assault survivors by creating a career track for Judge Advocate General Corps (JAGs) to specialize in criminal justice to provide more effective legal counsel for servicemembers.
“Additionally, the NDAA makes sweeping reforms to modernize the Department of Defense (DoD), including my provision to update DoD policies to provide transportation and ridesharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, access to military installations. The legislation also includes my measures to streamline operations and encourage greater efficiency through reforming program management standards to prevent cost overruns and lax oversight.
“I am grateful to my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee for their work to put forward this legislation that ensures the continued success of our military and protection for our servicemembers. I am pleased it passed the Senate, and look forward to making sure we send the legislation to President Obama as quickly as possible.”
Click here to watch Senator Ernst speak on the Senate floor about her amendments to the NDAA.
Summary of Ernst Measures Included in the NDAA:
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