WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law:
“I am pleased that President Obama signed into law today the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2010 Fiscal Year, legislation that enhances our nation’s security and the well-being of those who serve it. The Defense Authorization bill invests significant funds to rebuild our Armed Forces, which are worn down after years of war; in line with President Obama’s request, it also increases the size of the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy. At the same time, the legislation strengthens the health care of our Armed Services members.
“Other important policies present in the bill include a commitment to the stability of Afghanistan and Pakistan, expanded programs to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of rogue states and terrorists, and a reformed system of defense acquisition to save taxpayer money.
“Finally, the legislation includes a landmark provision to strengthen the enforcement of laws against hate crimes, which now cover victims who are targeted on account of their gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Such crimes sow fear and division in our communities, and this bill helps ensure that they will be investigated and prosecuted with vigor.
“I want to thank President Obama for signing this important bill into law, along with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, whose hard work was vital to its passage.”