Ernst comments on completion of defense authorization markup

Joni Ernst -- CROPPEDFrom Press Release


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after the Senate Armed Services Committee completed markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill will head to the Senate floor where it awaits further action.

“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act prioritizes what is needed; it provides our military with the necessary resources to protect our national security while cutting wasteful spending.

“I am pleased to see that seven of my amendments were included in the NDAA which added processes to ensure the VA is proactive in its outreach to veterans suffering from mental health issues, pushes the US and our allies to provide the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga with the weapons and equipment needed to combat ISIS without delay, and ensures that federal programs are efficient, on budget and on schedule, among many other critical measures.

“I am honored to have been a part of this bipartisan work on the Senate Armed Services Committee to complete markup of the NDAA and look forward to further discussions on this important legislation on the Senate floor.”