Today, the House of Representatives passed three amendments authored by Congressman John Tierney, Ranking Member of the National Security Oversight Subcommittee. The proposals amended the National Defense Authorization Act and passed by voice vote.
"These common sense amendments, supported by both my Republican and Democratic colleagues, will better inform Congress and our country about the status of our nation's security; and make certain programs are more efficient and less wasteful," Congressman Tierney said.
Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, requested by Congressman Tierney, which found better oversight is needed over foreign police assistance, a program that has received an estimated $13.9 billion during the fiscal years 2009 through 2011. In response to the report, multiple congressional hearings and news reports of waste and fraud, one of Congressman Tierney's amendments will push the National Security Council to create a plan to make this inter agency program more cooperative and cohesive.
Congressman Tierney spoke on the House Floor in support of his amendments earlier today. A copy of remarks, as prepared for delivery, follows.