Spanberger Statement on Vote to Override President Trump’s Veto of the National Defense Authorization Act

The Congresswoman Voted in Support of the FY2021 NDAA, which Includes a Pay Raise for Servicemembers, as well as Provisions She Supported to Impose Sanctions on Turkey, Increase Transparency in Federal Spending, & Address Rural Suicide Rates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger tonight released the following statement after voting with an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes U.S. Department of Defense funding and sets the country’s national security priorities for the upcoming year.

“The United States and its allies face a growing range of threats around the world – as we’ve witnessed with the latest cyberattack from Russia – and this year’s NDAA is a critical step in protecting the dedicated men and women who work tirelessly to keep Central Virginia’s families safe. This vote is not a difficult decision whatsoever, because our servicemembers and their families deserve the strongest support possible,” said Spanberger. “The President’s veto of the NDAA was not only misguided, but it sent a poor message to our allies – as well as our adversaries – around the world. As Commander in Chief, the President has a unique responsibility to protect our servicemen and women, and it is beyond embarrassing – and a show of weakness – that the President chose to veto this legislation. I look forward to welcoming a new President into office who demonstrates the commitment necessary to maintain our military advantage, confront the dangers on the horizon, and honor the selfless service of those who put on the uniform in defense of their country.”

The fiscal year 2021 NDAA focuses on maintaining the strength of the U.S. military, protecting servicemembers, and building resilience against future threats. Among its provisions, the bill includes a measure to provide U.S. servicemembers with a three-percent pay raise. The defense authorization bill also includes provisions Spanberger co-led to hold the Turkish government accountable for purchasing Russian defense systems, increase transparency in federal spending, and address rising rates of suicide across rural America. Click here to learn more.


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