Congressman Rooney votes against partisan NDAA bill that weakens our National Security

Congressman Rooney voted no on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2020. This partisan legislation included many restrictions on securing our border and weakened America’s ability to respond to threats around the world. A very different version of the NDAA was passed by the Senate 86–8.

Congressman Rooney stated, “The NDAA is generally a bipartisan measure that provides for the defense of our country, as proven by the Senate version which passed 86-8. I had hoped to see similar bipartisanship in the House of Representatives, however there were numerous poison pills inserted that made it impossible to support. We must secure our southern border, humanely care for unaccompanied minors, and allow the military a full array of options when dealing with friends and foes around the world – this legislation was counter to all of those goals.”

Background – This legislation:

  • Prohibits any use of DoD funds for any wall funding/construction/repair purposes and restricts DoD ability to respond to threats at the southern border
  • Includes a mandatory 30-day advanced notification and certification of troop deployment to the border
  • Limits funding for housing for unaccompanied children at the border
  • Significantly reduces nuclear modernization programs and hypersonic weapons programs
  • Mandates at least 23 studies and 75 reports
  • Places multiple restrictions on military aid to allies and partners
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