Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2014. This bill authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and other select national security programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) for FY2014.
"I am grateful that because of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon's tremendous leadership, a bipartisan group in the House has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 52nd consecutive year in a row.
"Residents of South Carolina's Second Congressional District will directly benefit from the passage of this legislation. When President Obama proposed sequestration, he immediately placed our national security at risk. Based upon his actions, it is obvious that the Administration continuously chooses to jeopardize the safety of American families in order to expand the size and authority of the federal government at the expense of our military and national security. Rest assured, today's bill will provide for our military families at Fort Jackson, our veterans living in every community, and the dedicated workforce who is carrying out environmental cleanup missions related to national security at the Savannah River Site.
"As Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Military Personnel, I am very pleased that the House defeated the proposal to increase TRICARE enrollment fees beyond their jurisdiction. We also successfully rejected the Administration's proposal to decrease the military pay raise from the current standard required by law. Our brave men and women in uniform, their families, and our veterans have dedicated their lives to protect and defend our freedoms They deserve nothing less than for us to honor the previous commitments that have been made to them.
"Additionally, the House passed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014 makes tremendous progress in tackling sexual assault and misconduct within the military with prevention, investigation, prosecution, and punishment. These types of abuses occur far too often and we must strengthen the system to protect those who protect us," said Congressman Joe Wilson.