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Washington, D.C. – The Senate today passed the conference report for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA) by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 87-10. The bill, named for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), would support $716 billion in funding for national defense for fiscal year 2019 and provide America’s service members the training, resources and equipment they need. Chairman McCain released the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of this bill:

“I’m deeply proud that the Senate voted overwhelmingly today to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This marks the earliest that Congress has completed the bill in over 40 years – a testament to the leadership of Senators Jack Reed and Jim Inhofe, along with Representatives Mac Thornberry and Adam Smith, who tirelessly worked through committee markups, floor consideration, and conference negotiations in a matter of months. I am proud that the Senate has once again moved the NDAA through regular order, and that bipartisanship and collaboration have become defining hallmarks of National Defense Authorization Act.

“I am particularly humbled that my colleagues chose to designate legislation of such importance in my name. Serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee has been an incredibly meaningful experience since my first days on Capitol Hill. Among its leaders, I have counted the most cherished of mentors and friends: John Tower, Barry Goldwater, Sam Nunn, John Warner, and Carl Levin. And in the committee’s work, I have found high purpose in the service of a cause greater than self—the cause of the women and men in uniform who defend America and all she stands for. That is why it has been one of the greatest honors of my tenure in the U.S. Senate to serve as its chairman.

“This year’s NDAA represents an important opportunity to implement an effective approach to confront a growing array of threats around the world. The administration’s National Defense Strategy outlined a framework for identifying and prioritizing these threats. Through the NDAA, Congress is fulfilling its duty to provide America’s service members the resources and tools they need to succeed. I thank my colleagues for supporting this much-needed legislation and I look forward to the President quickly signing it into law.”

The committee summary of the final bill is available here.

The text of the Conference Report is available here.

The Joint Explanatory Statement is available here

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