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Rep. Chu Votes Against NDAA

December 8, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The bill would authorize $732 billion in discretionary spending for national defense, including $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted against the NDAA and issued the following statement:

“Funding our military and ensuring they have the resources they need to protect our country is essential. But I cannot vote for an NDAA that cements harmful policies that hurt national security. For instance, this bill does not stop any funds from being used for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen, nor does it require a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force to engage in the conflict. Similarly, it places further roadblocks to slow the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Drawing out endless wars and humanitarian disasters does not make America safe. In fact, unless we start ending these conflicts, future NDAAs will be dedicated to cleaning up the mess we left. I cannot vote for permanent war. Neither can I vote for such a massive increase in defense spending at a time when our domestic needs are so high. The imbalance between our domestic and defense spending is already far too large.”