Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
"Yesterday, the Senate passed the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, thus authorizing spending for our Department of Defense for the upcoming year. I congratulate my colleagues on passage of this important legislation for our warfighter. However, I remain concerned about several provisions included that will hinder our readiness and waste scarce dollars inside the Department.
"One such amendment allows the military to purchase biofuels that are far more expensive than traditional petroleum products. Instead of buying jet fuel at $4 a gallon, the Navy will purchase bio-diesel at a whopping $27 a gallon.
"I am particularly concerned with an amendment that will allow the Department of Defense to develop their own biofuel refineries. I take issue with this unnecessary authority granted to the Pentagon that will allow them to subsidize and develop their own biofuels industry through an abuse of the Defense Production Act.
"These amendments are senseless and wasteful, especially at a time when our military is already facing enormous budget constraints. Today, only half of our deployed Navy aircraft are mission ready at any given time and approximately one fifth of our Navy ships are not combat ready at all.
"It is not the job of the Department of Defense to develop the biofuel industry and I will continue to oppose this wrongheaded policy as we move into conference on this bill.