Kelly: Democrats Playing Politics with America’s National Security with Partisan NDAA

Jul 12, 2019 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation to set the policy prerogatives of the Department of Defense for Fiscal Year 2020. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the measure, noting that House Democrats advanced a partisan bill with provisions that threaten U.S. national security and create obstacles to achieving its military goals.

Making sure that our men and women in uniform are equipped with the tools to fight and win America’s wars is one of our top jobs as members of Congress, said Kelly. The detailed request sent to us by the Department of Defense was promptly ignored by House Democrats, who chose politics over the well-being of our troops and the American people. The bill does not provide enough funding to modernize the military or deter our adversaries like China and Russia. It would, however, move terrorists to the U.S. mainland by closing Guantanamo Bay, and block President Trump from constructing barriers to secure our southern border. The American people and our volunteer servicemembers deserve better from their legislators.

H.R. 2500 would provide a topline budget of $733 billion, much lower funding than the president, the Department of Defense, and military leaders believe necessary. The proposed level of funding would undermine our military’s readiness to fight 21st century wars, pay military personnel, renovate and maintain aging military facilities, and deter aggressive foreign regimes.

The United States Senate passed its own version of the NDAA that provides a top line figure of $750 billion on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 86-8.