(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (H.R. 2500) due to the lack of adequate allocation of resources requested and blatant partisanship:
“Traditionally, the NDAA process has been light on partisanship with Republicans and Democrats coming together to advance policies that support our troops and strengthen our national defense. Unfortunately, House Democrats are risking the safety and security of our freedom at home and abroad with this partisan legislation that they intend to use as a political tool. While there are important measures within the NDAA for Hoosiers, the overall bill does not address our national security needs so I must vote to protect our military personnel, our safety, and our way of life. I urge Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to abandon their partisanship with this NDAA and put the safety of our nation first.”
· Falls billions short of the topline that military experts and military generals have said we need in order to maintain our competitive edge.
· Seeks to force the closure of Guantanamo Bay detention facility and paves a path to transferring terrorists to U.S. soil.
· Prevents the Administration from taking action to secure the southern border.
· Cuts programs and capabilities critical to deterring Russia and China, including cuts to nuclear modernization.