Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON- Last night, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The Senate approved the measure 84-15, which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy.Following the vote, Chambliss made the following statement:
“Each year I am proud to play a role in crafting this legislation, and I’m pleased to have voted today to sustain the quality of life for our service members and their families, restore operational readiness, and provide our soldiers with the resources, training, and equipment they need. With every branch of the armed forces represented in Georgia, this bill will provide the foundation for them to complete their missions.
“However, while I support the underlying bill, I am deeply disappointed with the process that got us to this point. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 20th. Since that time, it has been delayed time and again by the Senate Majority Leader as our defense leaders struggle to implement our national security strategy. This bill should have been debated on the Senate floor and amended months ago. I had several amendments I would have liked to add to this bill, such as a technical correction giving reservists and national guardsmen proper credit toward retirement for time spend deployed. Instead, the majority filled the amendment tree and waited until the end of the year to cram this bill though.”
You can watch Sen. Chambliss speak on the NDAA in a floor speech here.