October 30, 2014

Sen. Johanns pleased with passage of Defense Act (AUDIO)

Sen. Mike Johanns applauds unanimous Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which included amendments he co-sponsored.

One of those amendments would encourage states to accept the specialized military training veterans received as meeting state licensing and certification requirements for comparable civilian jobs.

“It’s important that we do everything we can to make sure that that experience that they have received and the training that they have received in the military transfers to meet certification and licensing requirements and this bill will help to make that happen,” Johanns says.

The bill also contains $128 million to fund the second phase of the construction of STRATCOM’s new $525 million headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. Congress had previously approved $120 million.

“Needless to say, this project is important for the whole nation, for our national defense,” according to Johanns. “We’re working with infrastructure there that was built post-World War II, Cold War era and it just simply is falling apart.”

The bill now goes to a conference committee of Senate and House members who will try to hammer out differences between the bills passed by the two chambers and fashion a measure to send to President Obama.

AUDIO: Sen. Mike Johanns comments on passage of National Defense Authorization Act. [3 min.]