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Walker Objects to President Obama's Veto of Defense Bill

October 22, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) today responded to President Obama’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that would provide for the pay and readiness of our troops and the foundation of our national security.

“President Obama’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act risks the livelihood of our service members and our country’s national security,” said Walker. “In this unprecedented veto, President Obama has used the pay and readiness of our military for political leverage in promoting his domestic agenda,” added Walker.

The National Defense Authorization Act vetoed today by President Obama protected our servicemen and women by authorizing upgrades for weapons systems used in Afghanistan and Iraq. It included missile defense provisions, nuclear weapon upgrades, and funding for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, President Obama vetoed this legislation on the same day he met with Prime Minister Sharif of Pakistan to discuss nuclear security and counterterrorism. Finally, this bill set authorized defense spending at $612 billion, which matches the President’s budget request.

In addition, the NDAA would provide a 1.3% pay raise for troops, revamped and expanded military retirement benefits, provided housing allowances for troops, and removed red tape from the Department of Defense’s acquisition process.

The NDAA has passed each year for 53 years, with only four vetoes during that period, which were due to objections with Department of Defense policies. The current version vetoed by President Obama passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support: 71-25 in the Senate, with 25 Democrats voting yes; and 270-156 in the House, with 37 Democrats voting yes.