– Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.)
commended Senate passage of the 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act. Blunt recently spoke
on the Senate floor to highlight several of the Missouri and national defense
priorities included in the bill.
“The Congress’s number one
priority is making sure our armed forces have what they need to carry out their
missions,” said Blunt. “This bipartisan bill authorizes the funding needed to
counter the evolving threats from other nations such as China and Russia, which
are actively working to undermine our influence in the world. The bill also
supports military readiness and modernization to ensure our nation’s heroes
have every advantage on the battlefield.
“Missouri’s military installations
play a vital role in our nation’s defense. I’m glad this bill authorizes
resources for important military construction projects in Missouri, including
the new hospital at Fort Leonard Wood and the Next NGA West facility in St.
Louis. I’m also pleased this bill supports the continued investment in the B-21
Raider, which will be based at Whiteman Air Force Base, and the C-130H
modernization program at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.
“Every year for the past 60 years,
members of Congress have been able to come together to pass the NDAA. There are
many bipartisan priorities in this bill – from maintaining our technological
edge to keeping our commitments to service members and their families. I urge
my colleagues in the House to work with the Senate to get the 60th annual NDAA
to the president’s desk as soon as possible.”
legislation also includes an amendment introduced by Blunt and U.S. Senator
Josh Hawley (Mo.) permanently designating May 1 as Silver Star Service Banner
Day, which honors
nation’s wounded and ill service members and veterans, and their families.