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“I’m very proud that the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 85-13. The NDAA is the most significant piece of defense reform legislation passed by the Senate in 30 years, containing major reforms to the Department of Defense that can help our military to rise to the challenge of a more dangerous world.
“The NDAA contains the first major update to Pentagon organization in 30 years and sweeping reforms to the defense acquisition system necessary to harness American innovation and preserve our military’s technological edge. The legislation also modernizes the military health system to provide military service members, retirees, and their families with higher quality care, better access to care, and a better experience of care.
“But for all our successes, I regret that the Senate was unable to debate and vote on several matters critical to our national security, many of which enjoyed broad bipartisan support. In particular, I am deeply disappointed the Senate was not able to increase the number of special immigrant visas for Afghans who risked their lives to help America in a time of war, and whose lives are still at risk today. Too often throughout this process, a single senator was able to bring the Senate’s work on our national defense to a halt. This was a breakdown in the decorum of the Senate, and one that will have serious consequences.”
Tuesday’s final vote on the Senate bill was enough to override a veto threat from the White House, which has blasted the measure for attempting to “micromanage” the administration’s conduct of national security policy through reductions in the White House National Security Council staff, organizational changes to the Pentagon and limits on the closure of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Read more: www.politico.com... Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
In particular, I am deeply disappointed the Senate was not able to increase the number of special immigrant visas for Afghans who risked their lives to help America in a time of war, and whose lives are still at risk today
the poor Afghans are not getting VISA's.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
They pass an NDAA every year. I don't know why they're acting like this is their first rodeo?
includes provisions that would make it impossible to close Guantanamo