Washington, D.C.— Today, Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement on the House passage of H.R.  1960, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014:

“Today, my colleagues and I passed legislation which not only bolsters our national defense, but also ensures that our men and women in uniform receive their courageously-earned benefits.  This bipartisan legislation preserves TRICARE, protects it from rising costs, and guarantees that our veterans and their families receive the benefits they were promised.  The world we live in today is ever changing, which is why it is crucial that our troops have the tools they need to be successful.” 

H.R. 1960 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 315-108.