WASHINGTON, DC — Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) signed the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1356), a bipartisan national defense bill that requires President Obama to put forward a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS. Speaker Ryan was joined by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and other members of the committee. Upon signing the bill, Speaker Ryan delivered the following remarks.
“Well first off, I’d like to commend Chairman Mac Thornberry and our House conferees for a fantastic job well done on putting together a fantastic bill that gives us the kind of military we need for the 21st century. This bill is the kind of legislation that gives our armed forces the tools they need to be agile, to be effective, to be ready.
“I would point out there are two things in the bill that are very important. Number one—this bill requires that the president come up with a plan to actually defeat ISIS. Number two—this bill says that the president cannot send Guantanamo Bay detainees to America.
“The last point I would make is that the world is a very dangerous place. We’ve just seen recent evidence of that. And that is why we need a 21st century military that is capable of providing the kind of American leadership that is needed in the world. And with this bill, we are stepping up to the plate and doing just that.”