06.18.15

Burr on Passage of the Defense Authorization Bill: Armed Forces Must Have the Resources They Need

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2016 by a vote of 71-15:

“I’m pleased that the Senate has acted to ensure that our military has sufficient resources to combat America’s enemies and provide security across the globe, and ensured our troops are properly compensated. Every day, service members fight to secure our freedoms and our forces must have the resources they need to keep our country safe. North Carolina alone is home to 8 bases and several installations, so maintaining these facilities is critical for the state, as well as our nation’s readiness. Additionally, the Authorization bill’s amendment, which I co-sponsored with Senator Tillis, will continue the C-130 presence at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg Pope Airfield. I hope President Obama will see the strong bipartisan support for this bill and lift his veto threat against it.”

Last week, the Senate approved an amendment to the NDAA that would increase the footprint of the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg after the Department of Defense marked it for closure.