Garamendi Applauds Passage of National Defense Authorization Act in Senate
December 4, 2012
Urges Bipartisan Cooperation to Strengthen National Security
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today praised the Senate for passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Garamendi's current Congressional District includes Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, and in January, his new District will include Beale Air Force Base near Marysville as well.
"I am pleased that the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act in a bipartisan fashion and included a needed pay raise for our men and women in uniform," said Congressman John Garamendi. "I have and will continue to advocate for the Air Mobility mission at Travis Air Force Base, the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) mission at Beale Air Force Base, and cyber-security at the National Labs in Livermore. These three programs are absolutely essential to national security in the 21st century. I urge my colleagues to follow the guidance of the Administration's Defense Strategic Review in making them a priority."
Among the Congressman's efforts on behalf of these Northern California missions are a letter encouraging the Pentagon to center the KC-46 Tanker at Travis Air Force Base, sponsoring a successful amendment to educate governments and businesses about best practices in cybersecurity, and successfully preventing both the removal of the MC-12 mission from Beale and the mothballing of the Global Hawk Block 30. He is also Chair of the Congressional Air Mobility Caucus, which raises awareness about the critical role this mission plays in our national security and ensures Members of Congress have access to the most up-to-date information on developments in air mobility.
Garamendi continued, "Across the political spectrum and among military leaders, there is broad agreement that we must eliminate unnecessary waste at the Pentagon, so we can fund programs crucial to our national security, invest in education, transportation, and other priorities that grow our economy, and bring our debt to a manageable level – as we did under President Clinton. For that reason, I applaud the Senate for passing a bipartisan NDAA that is more fiscally responsible than the House version."
The Senate adopted an amendment, similar to one from Congressman Adam Smith, that would accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and thus reduce spending on a war that no longer advances national security, and the Senate concurred with a Garamendi amendment by rejecting the House NDAA plan to build a $4 billion East Coast Missile Base that military experts and the Defense Department say is wasteful, unnecessary, and won't even work. The Senate also passed a bipartisan amendment from Senator Feinstein, which would prevent U.S. citizens from being detained indefinitely without trial. The amendment is identical to the Due Process Guarantee Act, a bill that Senator Feinstein authored and Garamendi sponsored in the House.