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McCollum Statement on ‘No’ Vote on National Defense Authorization Act

May 18, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum today voted against H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and released the following statement:

“Each year, the National Defense Authorization Act provides a framework for our armed forces in the fiscal year ahead. Crafting and considering this legislation is a serious matter, but House Republicans have instead chosen to intentionally violate last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act and abdicate this Congress’ solemn responsibility to sufficiently fund our troops.

The legislation ceases funding for Overseas Contingency Operations — the account that pays for our country’s fight against ISIS and other important military efforts — next April, long before the fiscal year ends. It is reckless and irresponsible to place our servicemen and women in the middle of a partisan budget fight just months into the next president’s term.

Moreover, in an effort to pander to far-right conservatives, the legislation includes several distrubing ideological provisions. By undoing protections that are currently in place, it allows discrimination against LGBT Americans who work for federal contractors and grantees. This bill would also prevent President Obama from responsibly closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, ensuring that it remains a propaganda tool for terrorists and a threat to our national security.”