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Senator Blunt Applauds Bipartisan Passage Of Defense Authorization Bill

December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 and applauded the inclusion of several key amendments. Blunt is one of three U.S. Senators to serve on both the defense appropriations and authorizing committees.

“I’m pleased that several of my amendments were included in this bipartisan legislation, which will ensure that our nation’s servicemen and women have the important resources they need to protect and defend America,” Blunt said.

Missouri is home to almost 18,000 active duty servicemen and women, nearly 10,000 civilian employees, 25,000 reservists and members of the National Guard, and almost 29,000 additional military-related personnel. The state also has more than 125,000 civilian contract employees.

Blunt introduced and co-sponsored several amendments that were passed as part of NDAA, including:

  • Bannister Federal Complex, Kansas City, Mo. Land Transfer Amendment: Blunt’s amendment would authorize the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the General Services Agency (GSA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to enter into an agreement regarding the conveyance of federal property located at Bannister Road in Kansas City, Mo. and allow for an eventual title transfer and redevelopment of the site.
  • Small Business Contracting Amendment: Blunt’s amendment protects small businesses from overly burdensome regulations when they subcontract with the Department of Defense contracts by ensuring that the Small Business Act applies to all contracts awarded using a small businesses preference no matter which agency makes the award. 
  • Article 32 Reform Amendment: Introduced by Senators Blunt, Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), this amendment would reform Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to help prevent abusive questioning of victims of military sexual assault in a pre-trial setting, ensuring that victims who come forward to report sexual assault are not harassed or intimidated during pre-trial questioning.
  • Advanced Concept Ejection Seat for the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base Amendment: Introduced by Senators Blunt and Tom Udall (N.M.), this amendment directs the Air Force to complete the Advanced Concept Ejection Seat qualification on the B-2, which will benefit pilots at Whiteman Air Force Base.
  • Urotrauma Amendment: Co-sponsored by Senators Blunt and Ben Cardin (Md.), this amendment directs the Department of Defense to address the prevention, care coordination, and research of urotrauma as a distinct entity.

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