South Dakota Senator John Thune is pushing for Congress to pass the National Defense Authorization Act.
Thune says the bill provides benefits for military families, authorizes pay increases and provides for the equipment and personnel that are necessary.
Thune says, "We need to support essential, forward-looking weapon systems, like the B-21 long-range stretegic bomber and high-tech drones, to deter and defeat future threats. We must ensure that detainees stay at Guantanamo, instead of returning to the fight. We must ensure that our troops and their families at home have the support they need and deserve."
Thune says the bill is essential legislation to help restore America's position of strength.