December 8, 2016
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement applauding Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017:
“Today the Senate passed a critical defense funding bill that will ensure the United States military remains the best fighting force in the world. And it will provide our troops with the best training, equipment in and leadership in the world.
“In addition to drafting a portion of this bill in my role as Chairman of the Air Land Subcommittee, I’m pleased the bill also contains several policy initiatives I authored. First, it reaffirms current restrictions on both transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay and closing the facility. It also bolsters U.S. missile defenses, which keep Americans safe from an Iranian or North Korean long range missile attack and helps America’s Airborne troops by filling critical vehicle shortfall. Finally, it honors America’s Old Guard by authorizing a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Celebration.
“This bill is important first step toward reversing the dangerous cuts to our military’s budget over the last eight years. But we must do more, and I will take action in the new Congress to ensure America’s warfighters train and fight with the best.”