Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. President Bush vetoed the first version of the bill late last month:
“Democrats have again sent the President a bill that makes America safer, restores our military’s readiness and honors our veterans. After having vetoed the bill in December, we urge the President to sign this legislation and begin to rebuild our military.
“This bill gives our troops a well-deserved 3.5 percent pay raise and improves the health care and benefits we give our recovering veterans, service members and their families. It also addresses the military readiness crisis caused by President Bush’s flawed war strategy, gives our troops the equipment they need to safely do their jobs, and strengthens our counterterrorism operations along the Afghan-Pakistani border to help fight Al Qaeda and capture Bin Laden. This bill begins to take the necessary steps that will make our country safer and provide our heroic troops with the care and support they deserve.”