Last night, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 (NDAA). I supported this legislation because it increases the pay for our men and women in uniform and provides them with the resources they need to keep our nation safe. It also puts concrete measures in place to weaken our enemies abroad. Cutting off funding to hostile nations is the most effective way to ensure that they are not able to inflict terror on the United States or our allies. Finally, this bill will increase the safety of our citizens at home by enabling the Department of Defense to help defend the southern border with Mexico. The NDAA protects the civil rights of all American citizens in the United States. Habeas corpus applies and these individuals are subject to law enforcement, not military, authority. It is crucial that the Department of Defense has the support of Congress in order to keep Americans safe at home and abroad.

Former FBI Director William Sessions supports the NDAA Conference report that passed the House, his original concern was only with the Senate language.