Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the Senate’s overwhelming vote (89-8) to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA):
“The NDAA is the culmination of months of bipartisan work, and it is legislation in which all Senators, and all Americans, can take great pride. The fundamental purpose of this legislation is to provide our Armed Forces what they need to do the jobs we ask of them. Congress has no higher duty than to do everything we can to support our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice every day to keep us safe.
“The recent fatalities during military training exercises are evidence of an overworked, strained force. Congress can no longer delay in delivering our men and women in uniform the resources and equipment they need and deserve. The NDAA is the first step, but now we must get to work on appropriating the vital, additional funding we have just authorized. That will take the hard work of negotiating a bipartisan budget agreement. We owe it to our service members to do just that.”
Chairman McCain looks forward to working with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) on conference negotiations.