12.08.16

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of NDAA

Includes a number of provisions offered by Rounds

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued a statement following the Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes a number of provisions offered by Rounds, including language from his Cyber Act of War Act and his legislation requiring training for Department of Defense (DoD) officials to expedite the hiring of cyber security professionals. It also includes his legislation to require DoD to more carefully monitor prescriptions dispensed at military treatment facilities for the treatment of PTSD.   

“The NDAA is one of the most important pieces of legislation we pass each year, as it shows our troops and their families that they have the full support of Congress,” said Rounds. “As I’ve said before, the number one responsibility of the federal government is keeping Americans safe. The NDAA we passed today will make sure our military remains capable of adequately defending our country in the next year, and for years to come. I am pleased that a number of provisions I offered were included in it as well.”

The NDAA includes language from Rounds’ Cyber Act of War Act that would require the president to submit a report to Congress defining when an act in cyber space requires a military response. It also includes his legislation to improve DoD prescription drug monitoring for PTSD and require training of DoD personnel who hire civilian cyber security professionals.

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