WASHINGTON – House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013.
“Congress has a constitutional duty to ‘provide for the common defense’ and House Republicans have always been proud to meet that duty in order to safeguard our homeland and the freedoms we cherish. The United States has an exceptional responsibility to stand strong and ready in a world where freedom’s enemies do not rest and threats to our security do not relent.
“This act recognizes the full reality of the world’s dangers and restores the strength of history’s mightiest military to properly face them. Furthermore, this bill guarantees that in defense of our nation and our interests, the individual liberties of American citizens are not infringed.
“With today’s critical legislation, our national defenses will be given the full support they need to carry out their missions: our troops will be fully equipped; military families will be strongly supported; our allies will know that America still has their back; and our fighting forces will be thoroughly prepared for the challenges that await us in the 21st century.
“I have always been a firm believer that politics should end at the water’s edge. With that sentiment in mind, I expect the president and Congressional Democrats to help meet our moral and constitutional duty and remember that the price of liberty, and security, is eternal vigilance.”