Mitchell Votes Against Partisan NDAA
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act, commonly known as the NDAA.
“While this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has some positive aspects like improving the military acquisition system, continuing oversight over weapons systems and military operations, strengthening the response to PFOS/PFOA, and more, overall the bill does not do nearly enough to protect the United States’ security in the world.
This bill’s topline is significantly lower than the requested amount, which negatively impacts modernization, readiness, and training and it also cuts military personnel funding. Further, this bill makes significant reductions to historically bipartisan nuclear and technology modernization programs, weakening our deterrent posture in the world. This bill ties our own hands, which does not make our nation or world safer - especially in the face of growing Chinese, Russian, and Iranian aggression.
Unlike the House, the Senate was able to pass a bipartisan NDAA with a vote of 86-8 – no member of Republican and Democrat leadership or the Senate Armed Services Committee opposed the bill. I am hopeful the NDAA can be improved in the conference committee to ensure our nation’s security is not compromised by partisan posturing.”
Congressman Mitchell serves on the House Armed Services Committee.