WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) vowed to continue fighting for Ohio priorities as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) moves ahead in the legislative process. Brown opposed the Senate version of the bill because it includes a dangerous GOP provision that would allow President Trump to shorten the amount of time to conduct a nuclear test, but will continue fighting to improve the bill as the Senate and House of Representatives move toward a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two defense bills and produce a final bill. Trump administration officials have reportedly discussed conducting a nuclear test, which would break a moratorium the U.S. has observed since 1992. Brown vowed to continue working to remove this dangerous provision, and to fight for Ohio priorities.

Last year, Brown secured several key priorities for Ohio’s military installations, servicemembers and veterans in defense and appropriations bills, and is working to do the same this year.

“Our focus should be supporting America’s key defense priorities, not making jeopardizing American lives by including a dangerous nuclear testing provision. Last year, we were able to secure critical provisions to support the important work being done at Lima’s JSMC, Dayton’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and more. As the House and Senate move toward a conference committee, I will work to remove this dangerous GOP provision and focus on securing investments for Ohio’s military installations, servicemembers and veterans,” said Brown.