Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement tonight after the passage of the Department of Defense Authorization Bill:
“I am pleased Congress continues to demonstrate support for our troops with forward-thinking, bipartisan legislation like we passed tonight. I thank Chairman Levin for his leadership in ushering this bill through the Senate to see that our troops get the additional support that they need and deserve.
“This bill will provide financial and logistical support to the hundreds of military families throughout Nevada and the thousands around the country including a much deserved pay raise, upgrades to equipment and weapons, and improvements to their health care when they return home. The legislation will also address the serious issue of hate crimes to help protect victims of these heinous acts and ensure that state and local governments have the tools that they need to prosecute those crimes fully.
“The passage of this legislation will help make our country stronger both at home and abroad.”