WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2015) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), reaffirming the United States' ban on the use of torture on detainees. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of the amendment, which passed by a vote of 78 to 21. The amendmemt will now be included in the NDAA which continues to be debated in the Senate.
"Today's vote to finally ban the torture of detainees in our custody restores America's moral compass and will move us past this dark chapter in our nation's history. It's past time that we regain our global credibility on the issue of human rights. I am pleased the amendment cleared this hurdle and will continue to work to end the use of torture once and for all."