Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Annual Defense Bill

Includes a Number of Provisions Authored by Rounds

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today issued the following statement following the Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. It includes 12 provisions offered by Rounds.


“This year’s NDAA takes important steps to rebuild our military and adequately address the challenges facing our armed forces,” said Rounds. “The NDAA is one of the most important bills we pass each year in Congress, and I’m happy we are able to do it in a bipartisan manner. We come together to put the defense of our nation, our troops and their families before all else. Today’s vote sends a strong message that national defense remains a top priority for members of both parties, and reaffirms to our troops that Congress has their back.” 


The NDAA includes a number of Rounds’ provisions, including measures that help caregivers of severely wounded veterans and unborn babies with fetal anomalies. Additionally, Rounds successfully gained adoption of measures to improve Department of Defense (DoD) maintenance, cyber security and transition of service members to civilian life.