WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) a Senior Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2009 (S. 3001). Senator Inhofe welcomed Senate passage tonight of this important legislation, but expressed disappointed that the Senate, with time running out before Congress adjourned, failed to include, let alone debate, several important provisions to our nation's military. Of the 350 plus amendment filed, over 100 amendments were cleared by both sides but none were brought to the floor for consideration. The bill passed tonight by a vote of 88-8 and now goes to conference with the House.
"Tonight the Senate passed important legislation that will benefit military personnel and installations across the nation," Senator Inhofe said. "Yet due to the failure of the legislative process, a number of important provisions were left out of this bill. With time running out before Congress adjourns for the year, the Senate decided to cut off debate. Doing so meant only a handful of amendments out of more than three hundred were even considered. Now, with just days left until adjournment, this bill will have to be rushed through conference.
"Sadly, this has been standard operating procedure for this Congress. For weeks and months we have wasted time in the Senate not addressing this bill or other important matters such as brining down the price of gas at the pump. The American people expect more out of Congress."