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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1735, the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act:

“The bill passed today accomplishes two major goals of this Congress: providing for the common defense and bringing accountability and reform.

“I applaud Chairman Mac Thornberry (TX-13) and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), who have worked tirelessly to ensure that this bill contains the funds we need for our national defense and overseas operations.  But HASC went above and beyond the call of duty with this bill by holding the Department of Defense accountable with acquisitions reform so that taxpayer money is used as efficiently and effectively as possible.

“I have long said that we need to bring government into the 21st century. This bill moves us forward with the force and vision necessary to ensure that America can face the challenges of the 21st century and strengthen our leadership abroad.”