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Griffin: House Passes "Vital' Defense Bill

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Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2013 (H.R. 4310):

"This legislation demonstrates that maintaining a strong military and finding savings for America's hardworking taxpayers by targeting wasteful spending are not mutually exclusive. It includes vital provisions to preserve the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP), prevent the transfer of the Air National Guard's A-10 aircraft away from Fort Smith and award Purple Hearts to the two soldiers who were shot in 2009 while serving at the Little Rock Recruiting Station. It extends bonuses and special pay for servicemembers, authorizes a 1.7 percent pay increase and rejects the President's proposed increase of TRICARE fees. It also includes clear civil liberty protections for all Americans, prohibits terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay from being transferred to the United States and directs that they be tried by military commissions."

Learn more about Rep. Griffin's provisions here.

H.R. 4310 also includes language that clarifies that the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) do not deny the writ of habeas corpus or deny any Constitutional rights for persons detained in the United States under the AUMF who are entitled to such rights. In addition, Rep. Griffin spoke on the House floor in support of an amendment that would require all detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay to be tried by military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. Watch video of his remarks here.

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