A Push to Override the President's Veto

For more than 50 years, there has been one thing the House, the Senate, and the President of the United States have all agreed on: passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is critical. But once again, President Obama is playing politics. This time with the defense of our nation and with the men and women who serve this country by vetoing the bipartisan NDAA.

Locally, the NDAA authorized $85 million to continue the updating and expansion of the Corpus Christi Army Depot’s (CCAD) powertrain facility. Additionally, it included an amendment I co-sponsored that requires the Department of Defense to limit furloughing employees at facilities like CCAD. Further it prevented transferring work of furloughed employees to other DoD employees, contractors, or members of the Armed Forces.

More than 1 million members of the military and their families are affected by the President’s veto of the defense authorization bill. While there is no perfect bill, the NDAA provided much-needed changes for military members, directing the Defense Department to come up with a plan to clear wait times for child care on military installations, providing a retirement option to the more than 83 percent of service members who don’t qualify for any type of retirement plan, and much-needed protection for our troops from sexual assault.

The NDAA also gave the military the necessary training and equipment they need to do their jobs safely while combating terrorists overseas. It supports authorizing security assistance to Iraqi forces and reinforces the mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It also included enhancing military capabilities in the Middle East to further efforts to defeat ISIS and other terror groups, while cutting wasteful spending in other areas.

I am urging all of my colleagues join with me in overriding the President’s veto on November 5.


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