Walorski Supports Defense Spending Legislation

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Legislation includes Walorski’s language to prevent transfer of detainees from Guantánamo bay detention facility

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, earlier today voted in support of the annual bipartisan legislative agreement between the House and Senate to authorize defense spending. H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, fulfills Congress’s constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense, including a number of key reforms for military operations across the nation, and enables Indiana to continue to play a critical role in national security.

“Providing our men and women with critical resources to defend the U.S. against our enemies and keep Americans safe is one of the greatest responsibilities I have in Congress,” Walorski said. “Given the growth of the Islamic State and the rapid recruitment of fighters around the globe, I’m grateful my language prohibiting detainees at Guantánamo from being transferred to the United States and to countries that sponsor terrorism was included. I encourage President Obama to sign this into law to ensure that our brave men and women serving in uniform are provided with the resources necessary to ensure the safety of Americans both at home and abroad.”

H.R. 401, the Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015, companion legislation to a Senate bill introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), to suspend the transfer of high and medium risk detainees and prohibit any detainee transfers to Yemen, as well as increase transparency regarding the remaining Guantánamo detainees.

Last February, Walorski participated in a CODEL to Guantánamo, to better understand the facility and speak with our troops on the base.

In July, Walorski wrote to conferees on this legislation to urges conferees to prohibit the transfer of inmates from Guantánamo.

H.R. 1735 passed the House by a vote of 270-156 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

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