I'm proud today that the Senate overwhelmingly voted 89-8 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA). The NDAA is the culmination of months of bipartisan work, and it is legislation in which all Senators, and all Americans, can take great pride. The fundamental purpose of this legislation is to provide our Armed Forces what they need to do the jobs we ask of them. Congress has no higher duty than to do everything we can to support our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice every day to keep us safe. The recent fatalities during military training exercises are evidence of an overworked, strained force. Congress can no longer delay in delivering our men and women in uniform the resources and equipment they need and deserve. The NDAA is the first step, but now we must get to work on appropriating the vital, additional funding we have just authorized. That will take the hard work of negotiating a bipartisan budget agreement. We owe it to our service members to do just that.
Today an overwhelming majority of Senators voted 84-9 to invoke cloture and advance the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA) toward final passage. The NDAA is the result of months of bipartisan work, and it is a product in which all Senators—and the American people—can take great pride. While there are many important aspects to this legislation, at its core, this is a bill that will provide our Armed Forces the resources, equipment, and support they need to do their jobs, fulfill their missions, and keep our nation safe. This week, as the bill has been on the floor, I have worked together with my colleague Senator Jack Reed to incorporate over 100 amendments from Senators on both sides of the aisle, and I am proud that we continued the strong tradition of moving the NDAA through the Senate in a bipartisan fashion and look forward to its final passage on Monday.
Big news → The House just voted to: ✔ Fully fund President Donald J. Trump's request to build a wall along our southern border. ✔ Beef up enforcement against illegal immigration. ✔ Secure our national defense.
Breaking News → the House just voted to make membership in a criminal gang a deportable offense. Violent gangs, like MS-13, are spreading across the country committing brutal crimes against our neighbors—young people who have actively avoided gang life. Congress is joining President Donald J. Trump in the fight to protect our youth.
The threats to our great nation could not be more severe and our job is to ensure that we have a military capable of meeting those threats. The National Defense Authorization Act ensures that we can meet these threats by providing our hard-working troops with the support that they need to succeed. This legislation is the product of an open, bipartisan process that represents the best of the U.S. Senate, and it could not come at a more important time.
Tune-in live as I speak from the Senate floor on the importance of the National Defense Authorization Act. America often asks our service members to sacrifice so much, and we must pass this legislation to rebuild the military and provide them the support they deserve. This must-pass legislation gives our troops the support they need to succeed.
Congress’s highest constitutional duty is to provide for the common defense. For the last 55 consecutive years, Congress has met that obligation by passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation provides America’s service members with the resources, capabilities, and pay and benefits that they need to perform their missions and keep our country safe. The NDAA ensures our military is prepared to achieve the missions of today and rise to the challenges of tomorrow. I was proud to open debate on the #FY18NDAA, a bipartisan bill that gives our brave troops the training and resources that they need.
9/11 is a sacred day. A day for the innocents we lost. A day for the heroes we gained. They saved lives. And, in a larger sense, they saved us all. The years pass, but the shock does not. It never will. We will never forget. God bless America.
9/11 is a day for somber remembrance... remembrance of the brave Americans who gave their lives on that dark day and remembrance of our men and women in the armed service who have continued to sacrifice to keep America safe.
Our tax code is currently trapping trillions of dollars in American profits overseas. That's crazy. We need to reform our tax system so that these American companies can reinvest this money back into our economy.
Today, Senator Dick Durbin and I introduced a resolution condemning the horrific acts of violence being committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority in Burma, and calling on Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take action to stop this humanitarian tragedy and use her remarkable voice to condemn the atrocities being committed against the Rohingya.
Attaching emergency funding for hurricane relief to a must-pass continuing resolution and debit limit increase is irresponsible and a dereliction of our most routine duties. It is a result of yet another self-inflicted crisis. Instead of returning to regular order by moving individual spending bills to fund our government and our national security priorities, with ample time for debate and amendment, we are shirking our responsibilities and kicking the can down the road. All of this to the detriment of the men and women serving in our military during a time of incredible global uncertainty. As much as I want to vote to provide assistance to the people of Texas and Louisiana, I simply cannot vote for another continuing resolution that will harm our men and women in uniform.
Burma stands at a critical juncture in its transition to a free and democratic state. Peace and stability will only be achieved when the rights of all peoples in Burma are respected. The Rohingya community has a long history in Burma and they have contributed significantly to the country's unique social fabric. They deserve the same rights and protection as Burmese citizens. To move forward, I hope you will work towards a cooperative relationship with the Rohingya and facilitate a path of genuine reconciliation and reform.