WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement calling on Congress to pass his Secure U.S. Bases Act following reports of lapses in proper vetting protocols that led to the terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola on December 6th, 2019. Senator Scott’s Secure U.S. Bases Act, which is included in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), requires a thorough vetting process before a foreign student enters the U.S., requires foreign students to follow rules established by U.S. Base Commanders and vastly improves the security of our military installations, service members, their families and the surrounding communities.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Recent reports show a lack of vetting at multiple levels, in both Saudi Arabia and the U.S., that led to the tragic attack at NAS Pensacola. This terrorist should never have been allowed in our country, let alone on an American military base with easy access to American military men and women. I’m calling on my colleagues to eliminate this unnecessary risk by quickly passing my Secure U.S. Bases Act, which is included in the NDAA, to make sure foreign military students training at U.S. bases are thoroughly vetted and monitored. This important step will help make sure our troops, their families and surrounding communities are protected and never have to experience a tragedy like the one that occurred at NAS Pensacola again.”