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Palazzo Calls on Democrats to Stop Playing Politics with Military, Opposes Partisan NDAA

Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4)
released the following statement after voting against H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today:

"As a lifelong resident of south Mississippi and member of the Mississippi National Guard, I've been always surrounded by many men and women who put their lives on the line to serve our nation. Democrats hijacking the annual defense authorization bill with liberal policy riders is spitting directly in the faces of our nation's armed forces and it severely undermines our national security needs.

Speaker Pelosi should never put politics ahead of our troops, yet she has. Those who are protecting and defending our country deserve better. Congress holds the responsibility of providing for the common defense of our nation, and today's bill falls significantly short of that sworn promise."

Background on House NDAA:
Makes cuts to our military's personnel accounts. These accounts provide pay for our troops, as well as service member's benefits and housing.

Falls short of the topline total outlined by military experts and military generals which are necessary to maintain America's competitive edge against our adversaries. 

Aims to close Guantanamo Bay and provide a direct transfer of terrorists from the detention center to U.S. soil.

Bars the Administration from taking action to continue securing our southern border. For example, prohibits the deployment of troops to our southern border to provide more support in managing the border crisis. Palazzo cosponsored an amendment to the NDAA that would provide the Administration flexibility with DoD funds to be utilized in securing our southern border, this amendment was rejected by Democrats. 

Includes devastating cuts to programs and resources that are critical to deterring Russia and China, including cuts to nuclear modernization.

Without considering ethical or conscience protections, the bill creates a controversial family planning program for military members that includes abortion as a family planning option, prompting taxpayer dollars to directly fund abortions. 

Limits the President's authority to take preemptive action against Iran, even as Iran increases its aggression toward the US and recently shot down an unmanned US aircraft. 

The Senate has already passed a bipartisan defense authorization bill on a vote of 86-8.