WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted to continue debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2014:
"The most important bill Congress considers every year is the National Defense Authorization Act. It contains many ‘must-pass’ provisions that our military men and women rely on, including sections that deal with their pay and benefits, their education and training, and the sustainment and modernization of their equipment. It has been passed and signed into law for the last 51 consecutive years. It has always received strong bipartisan support because we've traditionally had an open amendment process that allows members of the Senate to debate and vote on issues vital to our men and women in uniform and our nation’s security. In this tradition, over the last 17 years the NDAA has spent an average of 9 days on the Senate floor, received an average of 11 or more roll call votes, and has resulted in the adoption of nearly 100 amendments by unanimous consent or voice vote. That hasn’t happened this year. Instead, Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly blocked Senators from debating and voting on their amendments. The bill has only been on the floor for three days and we’ve only had two roll call votes, despite hundreds of important amendments being introduced. There is nothing more important than having an open debate about how we support our men and women in uniform who fight to protect our national security."
"I fought for at least 50 amendments to be considered to this bill. This morning when I brought forward 25 amendments from my Republican colleagues that were ready to be debated and voted on, Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected my offer and instead launched his controversial "nuclear option" and distracted the Senate from the NDAA.
"Despite these tactics, let me assure everyone that we will have an NDAA this year. The men and women of our military deserve nothing less."