U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 4909, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
"The U.S. needs a serious defense budget that invests in our troops and creates a strong national defense, particularly at a time when we face growing threats and turmoil around the world. Unfortunately, the legislation we voted on tonight did not do that.
"This bill contains a dangerous budget gimmick that only funds our troops through the middle of next year and puts their safety and security at risk. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said this move drastically undermines national security and is 'gambling with warfighting money at a time of war.' In addition, this legislation contains harmful provisions that are not relevant to national defense policy. We need a bipartisan defense bill that is focused on the national security challenges we face, that provides long-term certainty to our military and keeps the American people safe. This bill falls far short, and I cannot support it."