WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 which included two amendments offered by Congressman Poe. NDAA passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 325-98.  

The Poe Amendments would:

1)      Direct the Secretary of Defense to make a reasonable effort to make certain military equipment returning from abroad (that he determines to be excess) available to State, Federal, and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of strengthening border security along the international border between the United States and Mexico. 

2)      Require the Secretary of Defense to provide for the conduct of an independent assessment of U.S. efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda, including its affiliates groups, associated groups, and adherents since May 2, 2011.

I am pleased that the House has passed NDAA with bipartisan support including my amendments to strengthen security along our border and increase Congressional oversight over DOD efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al-Qaeda,” said Rep. Poe. “Making excess military equipment available to state, local and federal law enforcement along our southern border will provide much needed reinforcements to the men and women who are our first line of defense. It is also crucial that Congress is kept fully informed about the Administration’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda.  Securing the border and continuing an aggressive strategy to defeat Al Qaeda are both critical pieces to keeping our citizens safe.” 

Poe is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation & Trade.