“The President must stop playing politics; support our troops; and keep America safe.”
Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) spoke on the House floor about President Obama’s decision to veto the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. Below are her remarks:
“Defending the American people is the chief responsibility of our government, and it’s a constitutional obligation that the House and the Senate take seriously.
“This week Congress put the National Defense Authorization Act on the President’s Desk. It’s an important example of how Congress should work together to get the job done for the American people.
“This is bipartisan. We do it every year to fund our military.
“For 53 years, Congresses passed, Presidents signed this legislation.
“Later today, President Obama will veto.
“My district is home to Fairchild Air Force base, and I know firsthand the importance of our defense funding.
“The National Defense Authorization Act funds vital military operations and equipment. Military families rely on it for salaries, medical care, and transitional resources.
“Our nation was built on service before self. We have an obligation—and the Commander-in-Chief has an obligation—to ensure military and defense remains our top priority.
“Mr. Speaker, the President must stop playing politics; support our troops; and keep America safe.”
Click here to view her speech on the House floor. Click here to view remarks McMorris Rodgers delivered at a press conference yesterday regarding the importance of this legislation for military families.
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