Neugebauer Praises Defense Bill and Continued B-1 Support

Dec 12, 2013 Issues: National Security

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) released the following statement after voting to pass the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act today.  The bill, which passed by a vote of 350-69, authorizes $552.1 billion for our armed forces, and includes key language directing spending on the resources, equipment and training necessary to defend our nation.  The bill also includes key authorizations to protect military pay and religious freedom, and prevent sexual assault among service members. 

“This bill gives our men and women in uniform the resources they need to provide a strong national defense.  I’m particularly pleased that this legislation includes a commitment to maintain the B-1fleet at Dyess, which is a critical component of our long-range bomber fleet.  I’m glad that there was a strong, bipartisan vote—our troops deserve our steadfast support, and I look forward to the President signing this legislation into law.”

In October, Neugebauer sent the attached letter to General Mark Welsh, Air Force Chief of Staff, calling for prioritization of the B-1 bomber and long-range strike capability.

NOTE: Additional information on the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act is available here on the House Armed Services Committee website.