Hoeven Statement on Today's Filibuster of the National Defense Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after a vote to bring the National Defense Appropriations bill to the floor for debate and a vote was blocked for the second time:

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I worked with my colleagues to pass a strong National Defense Appropriations bill. Recognizing its importance, the committee passed the measure unanimously, with bipartisan support.

“Today, however, for the second time, the bill did not get the 60 votes necessary to bring it to the floor for debate and a vote. This bill includes vital funding for our military at a time when they are facing challenges both abroad and at home, including in North Dakota. These challenges include replacing the aging Huey helicopters with Black Hawks to guard the missile fields at Minot and other bases; modernizing our nuclear arsenal; and supporting UAS research, training and the Global Hawk mission in Grand Forks.

“The National Defense Appropriations bill is a priority for the nation and for North Dakota. We need bipartisan support to pass it in a timely fashion.”