Sen. Carper Addresses Defense Policy Bill - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Sen. Carper Addresses Defense Policy Bill

Posted:
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC) - The Senate has approved a massive defense policy bill that endorses President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign against Islamic State militants.

The vote was 89-11 on Friday. The measure now goes to the president for his signature.

The bill authorizes funds for basic military operations, from a 1 percent pay raise for the troops to the purchase of ships, aircraft and other war-fighting equipment.

The measure would authorize the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels battling the extremists, a mandate that lasts for two years. It also would provide $5 billion to train Iraqis to counter the militants who brutally rule large sections of Iraq and Syria.

The bill rebuffs Obama's push to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The bill also includes measures to protect the Delaware Air National Guard, and authorizes a national park for Delaware. The bill also includes the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).

After the vote, Sen. Carper released a statement in support of the vote. The full statement is listed below.

“I am glad Congress did its job in one respect today, by passing the 2015 authorization for the Defense Department. This bill authorizes the critical programs of this vital agency, including the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It also includes the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, which will help address many of the operational difficulties facing federal IT management today and greatly increase federal agencies' ability to reduce waste and increase agency accountability to the American taxpayers, and continues the promising work that has been done to right-size agency data centers.

“I am proud to have worked with the Delaware Congressional delegation to include provisions in the defense authorization that will allow the Delaware Air National Guard to continue its critical flying mission. This agreement will allow the Air Force to modernize its C-130 aircrafts in the most cost-effective and efficient way.

“Lastly, I am thrilled that along with the NDAA, the Senate passed legislation that included the authorization for Delaware's first national park. For more than a decade, I have been working with federal officials, state officials, community leaders and everyday citizens to establish a national park in Delaware. Now that we've done it, I look forward to the day when families from all across this country and the world will plan their vacations around the First State National Historical Park to learn how Delaware helped launch the most enduring experiment in democracy that the world has ever known – the United States of America.”

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Boat Catches Fire at Millsboro Marine Storage Yard

    Boat Catches Fire at Millsboro Marine Storage Yard

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:40:02 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:40:37 GMT

    Firefighters in Sussex County spent the evening of Memorial Day putting out a boat fire at a marine storage yard. According to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, crews responded to an active fire at the Shorts Marine Storage Yard on Long Neck Road in Millsboro around 5 p.m. Monday.  The fire company says it looked like a Maxuum Marine Unit was on fire, and they out it out upon arrival.  Emergency response units from Indian River included Tanker 80 ...

    More

    Firefighters in Sussex County spent the evening of Memorial Day putting out a boat fire at a marine storage yard.

    More
  • Statue to Recognize Historic Delaware Figure

    Statue to Recognize Historic Delaware Figure

    Monday, May 29 2017 6:43 PM EDT2017-05-29 22:43:02 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:07:25 GMT
    DSU will build a statue for the university's former president, Dr. Jerome Holland.DSU will build a statue for the university's former president, Dr. Jerome Holland.

    Delaware State University is inviting the community to take part in the recognition of a historic Delaware figure, Dr. Jerome Holland, who navigated the then-Delaware State College through its most challenging decade and saved the state’s only historically black institution of higher education from possible closure in the 1950s.

    More

    Delaware State University is inviting the community to take part in the recognition of a historic Delaware figure, Dr. Jerome Holland, who navigated the then-Delaware State College through its most challenging decade and saved the state’s only historically black institution of higher education from possible closure in the 1950s.

    More
  • Many Gathered on Bethany's Boardwalk for a Memorial Day Service

    Many Gathered on Bethany's Boardwalk for a Memorial Day Service

    Monday, May 29 2017 3:37 PM EDT2017-05-29 19:37:23 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:07:09 GMT

    The Town of Bethany Beach held their Memorial Day service Monday morning to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

    More

    The Town of Bethany Beach held their Memorial Day service Monday morning to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Maryland Couple Arrested after Fight with Officer

    Maryland Couple Arrested after Fight with Officer

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:22 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:22:36 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:05 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:05:04 GMT
    (Photo Credit: DSPD)(Photo Credit: DSPD)

    DEWEY BEACH, Del. – Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland couple for fighting with a security officer on patrol at Indian Beach.

    More

    DEWEY BEACH, Del. – Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland couple for fighting with a security officer on patrol at Indian Beach.

    More
  • Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Coming to Delaware

    Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Coming to Delaware

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:30:34 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:02:16 GMT
    Gordon Ramsay; Photo Credit: MGNGordon Ramsay; Photo Credit: MGN

    DOVER, Del. (AP) - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is coming to Delaware for a race at the Dover International Speedway.      

    More

    DOVER, Del. (AP) - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is coming to Delaware for a race at the Dover International Speedway.      

    More
  • Delaware Man Arrested in Domestic Assault

    Delaware Man Arrested in Domestic Assault

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:06 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:06:37 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 12:06 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:06:37 GMT
    Kyle Halloran, 20; Photo Credit: Rehotboth Beach Police DepartmentKyle Halloran, 20; Photo Credit: Rehotboth Beach Police Department

    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -- Rehoboth Beach police are reporting a weekend arrest of a Delaware man accused of punching his girlfriend in the face.

    More

    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -- Rehoboth Beach police are reporting a weekend arrest of a Delaware man accused of punching his girlfriend in the face.

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Dover PD Investigating Weekend Homicide

    Dover PD Investigating Weekend Homicide

    The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old man that happened late on Sunday night.

    More

    The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old man that happened late on Sunday night.

    More
  • Driver in Deadly Bay Bridge Crash to Serve 18 Months in Jail

    Driver in Deadly Bay Bridge Crash to Serve 18 Months in Jail

    A 21-year-old from Queen Anne's County has been sentenced for causing a deadly crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge last April.

    More

    A 21-year-old from Queen Anne's County has been sentenced for causing a deadly crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge last April.

    More
  • Memorial Day Observed in Kent County

    Memorial Day Observed in Kent County

    Light rain and drizzle didn't stop hundreds from participating in Memorial Day events in Kent County ON Monday, as veterans and families of service members honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

    A parade kicked off in the morning along Main Street in Smyrna as veterans and families made their way to the Smyrna Municipal Park for an annual memorial service.

    More

    Light rain and drizzle didn't stop hundreds from participating in Memorial Day events in Kent County ON Monday, as veterans and families of service members honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

    A parade kicked off in the morning along Main Street in Smyrna as veterans and families made their way to the Smyrna Municipal Park for an annual memorial service.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices