U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that includes the Intelligence Committee’s partially-classified Intelligence Authorization Act. 

“Our enemies want nothing more than to end the United States’ status as the world’s leading superpower and create chaos around the world. The Chinese Communist Party is executing an aggressive anti-American strategy with mega propaganda campaigns, threatening maneuvers in the South China Sea, and hostile cyber operations. Americans have to make serious investments in our defense apparatuses, and that is what this bill does. This defense bill includes some much-needed updates to our cyber defenses. I’m proud of the work the Intel Committee has done on the Intelligence Authorization Act. We’ve worked to make sure that the Americans serving in our intelligence community have the resources to thwart our enemies abroad and defend Americans here at home.”