Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 and his amendment:
"Our nation's brave soldiers put themselves in harm's way to protect the freedoms we as Americans hold dear. Today, the House passed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act to ensure they are equipped to perform their duties and they and their families are provided for and safe. It makes significant progress toward strengthening protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and makes the punishment for these crimes harsher. The bill also maintains that Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees are prohibited from being transferred to the US. At the same time, it works to continue supporting our foreign allies and interests, including my amendment that requires the administration to make sure that Israel is able to defend itself against threats. As we celebrate over two centuries of our armed forces, we must never forget the bravery shown by our soldiers across the world. Today's bipartisan support for this bill proves that it is the House's priority to support the safety of our armed forces."