Final Senate Defense Authorization Bill Finds Responsible Savings in Military Spending
Over the past week, Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, helped draft the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a critical bill that sets defense policy for the U.S. military. Numerous provisions authored and co-sponsored by Udall were added to this year's bill, including key measures from legislation he introduced last week to help the military save money and lives by reducing its reliance on foreign fossil fuel. Other provisions he authored will help military installations protect against encroachment and ensure our troops get the best care possible for Traumatic Brain Injury.
Overall, the bipartisan Senate bill spends $6 billion less than the President's proposed budget and the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee last month. Udall, a leader in calling for a comprehensive solution to our structural debt and deficits, has been pushing for smart, strategic cuts to the federal budget - including defense spending.
"Defense Secretary Gates has called our nation's debt the single biggest national security threat we face. We need to follow his lead in cutting waste from the Pentagon's budget," Udall said. "Our bill ensures our troops have what they need to protect themselves and our nation, while also strategically eliminating wasteful programs - cuts that will allow the military to stay agile and capable."