Senate Overcomes Key Hurdle on Defense Bill
Today the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to move ahead with debate on S.3001, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. In addition to authorizing funds for important Department of Defense programs for the coming fiscal year, the bill includes provisions to raise the salary of active duty service members, accelerate the production of mine-resistant vehicles and anti-IED technologies critical to the safety of deployed service members, and protect beneficiaries of TRICARE from fee increases.
"Today's vote was an important step toward bolstering our national security, providing our men and women in uniform the equipment they need to remain safe during their deployment, and strengthening the benefits they and their loved ones receive upon returning home," said Senator Salazar. "While this is the first in a series of steps toward final passage, I am optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will be able to come together and pass a strong, bipartisan bill that supports our troops and protects the American people. I look forward to the coming debate and will do everything I can to ensure that this legislation reaches the President's desk for signature."
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