The National Defense Authorization Act advances out of committee and will now be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
The bill passed the Democrat-controlled committee largely along party lines after members debated the bill for more than 20 hours beginning Wednesday. Congressman Ralph Abraham and a member of the House Armed Services Committee voted against advancing the National Defense Authorization Act out of committee.
“After two years of rebuilding our depleted military, Democrats chose to take us backward by slashing billions of dollars in funding for our troops, reducing our military’s ability to respond to emerging threats from Russia and China,” Abraham said. “While this is usually a bipartisan bill, Democrats chose to fill the bill full of liberal riders that were too much for Republicans to support. My hope is that the bill can be amended on the floor to earn the votes of Republicans because our military deserves better than to be caught up in Nancy Pelosi’s political games.”
Problematic aspects of the NDAA include a cut to the military that is $17 billion below President Trump’s request, a $1.2 billion cut in military personnel, which could affect troop pay and benefits, no language to establish Space Command, the closing of Guantanamo Bay, which houses captured terrorists, blocking of funds being used on the construction of a border wall, significant reductions in nuclear modernization and recapitalization programs.