Daines Hails Strong Bipartisan Passage of Critical Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Senator Steve Daines today applauded the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Senate today with strong bipartisan support after President Obama dropped his senseless veto threat of the legislation:

“Montana plays a critical role in meeting our nation’s security and military needs. The NDAA provides the critical support our men and women in uniform need to carry out their missions,” Daines stated. “I’m glad the President has dropped his senseless veto threat and joined a bipartisan Congress in prioritizing the needs of our service members, while protecting the important role that Montana holds in our national defense.” 

The Senate today once again passed the NDAA after President Obama vetoed the original bill onOctober 22, 2015.

 The NDAA provides much-needed support for Montana’s military missions, including:

  • $19.7 million for the Tactical Response Force Alert Facility at Malmstrom.
  • $4.26 million for an energy conservation project at Malmstrom.
  • Authorizes funding for AMP Increments I and II to ensure that our C-130s are able to stay in the air.
  • Authorizes funding for C-130 engine modifications.
  • It expresses the sense of the Congress that the nuclear triad plays a critical role in ensuring national security and that it is the policy of the U.S. to operate, sustain, and modernize or replace the triad and to operate and modernize or replace a capability to forward-deploy nuclear weapons and dual-cable fighter-bomber aircraft.