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Senate Advances Johanns Veterans Amendment, National Security Priorities

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. The report contained his legislation helping returning veterans find civilian employment and funding to continue work on the new command facility for Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base. The report, which authorizes Department of Defense operations, passed by a vote of 81-14 and now awaits the President's signature before becoming law.

"The advancement of this legislation is good news for our military, veterans and Nebraska," Johanns said. "I look forward to President Obama signing it into law without delay so the construction of STRATCOM will not face uncertainty and veterans can begin seeing the benefit of my bipartisan jobs legislation."

The NDAA included authorization of $128 million for the ongoing construction of th new STRATCOM facility. This is the second installment for the estimated $525 million project, which has already received $120 million, and will continue to be funded in annual appropriations.

The Helping Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Return to Employment (HIRE) at Home Act, a bipartisan amendment Johanns introduced with Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), will help clear obstacles for veterans looking for civilian employment by encouraging states to consider the specialized military training as filling all or some of the state certification and licensing requirements.

A Johanns resolution asking the Department of Defense to consult Congress on any recommended unified command changes to Cyber Command was also included in the final report.

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