By US Daily Review Staff.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed The National Defense Authorization Act which outlines next year’s military spending and averts the deep cuts to America’s military strength advocated by the President.
The measure authorizes a modest pay increase for our soldiers, establishes a robust national missile defense and fully funds requests for 29 F-35 Lightning II aircrafts.
The legislation also limits the number of troops that can be withdrawn from the force in Afghanistan in a single year and mandates the President notify Congress of any planned force reductions. It also prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States and reinforces the United States’ commitment to use all elements of national power to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
“NDAA is a responsible measure that addresses concerns about America’s mounting debt and ensures that our armed forces have the resources they need to protect us in an increasingly dangerous world,” said U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX). “The primary constitutional responsibility of Congress is to provide for the common defense and the President’s raid on the military in order to pay for social spending excesses is wildly inconsistent with the threats faced by this country. We live in a very dangerous world and our defense preparedness should reflect that fact.”
This bill, like many others in the US House today, do not stand a chance of being signed by the President even if they are approved by the Senate; however, the GOP believes they make excellent referendum issues for the 2012 elections.