Smucker Votes Against Partisan National Defense Authorization Act

July 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Lloyd Smucker voted against the House Democrats partisan 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill passed the House by a vote of 220 – 197.

“For the first time in decades, House Democrats made the disappointing decision to play political games with our national defense by bringing a partisan National Defense Authorization Act up for a vote on the House Floor,” said Rep. Smucker. “But these are the facts – the House Democrats legislation underfunds our national defense capabilities, is littered with policies that jeopardize our national security, and ultimately leaves the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage to Russia and China. That is why I voted against this version of the NDAA.”

America’s military is made up of hardworking men and women. Unfortunately, the bill the House voted on today neglects these individuals by underfunding troop pay, benefits, and housing by 1.2 billion dollars. This legislation also neglects the safety and security of the American public by prohibiting the Trump Administration from using existing funds to secure our southern border. The bill also begins the process of bringing known terrorists into our communities from Guantanamo Bay. Significantly, the bill places our military at a competitive disadvantage over our adversaries and hamstrings our ability to confront the destabilizing actions of the dangerous Iranian regime.

In a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, four-star General Mark Milley commented, “China is improving their military very, very rapidly in space, air, cyber, maritime, land domains.” At a time when Russia and China are spending billions developing and modernizing their militaries, we cannot afford to cut corners.

“While I believe this version is irresponsible, I am encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan bill which passed by a vote of 86-8,” Rep. Smucker said. “My hope is that House Democrats will bring the Senate bill up for a vote. Supporting the men and women that put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we all enjoy every day should not be a partisan exercise.”

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