Rep. Susie Lee Statement on President Trump’s Veto of Bipartisan Annual Defense Bill
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03), released the following statement in response to President Trump’s veto of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“The President’s veto is purely political, putting his vanity above our national security. Section 230 is not remotely related to our national defense priorities and is not a reason to jeopardize the wellbeing of our servicemembers, veterans, and national security. The President also took issue with removing the names of Confederate generals from our military bases. This is a slap in the face of every servicemember brave enough to fight for our flag, the American flag. The NDAA has passed with bipartisan support every year for nearly six decades. I’m confident that my Republican and Democratic colleagues will join me to overturn this haphazard veto and pass a three percent pay raise for our servicemembers, expanded health care for veteran families, and other key policies to strengthen our national security.”
BACKGROUND: Rep. Lee co-led an amendment, which was included in the final NDAA, to secure a status quo extension of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). Earlier this year, Rep. Lee helped lead discussions around a compromise to secure an extension of the NTTR that would also guarantees protections for tribal resources, conservation, outdoor recreation and public access, and farming and ranching.
Rep. Lee secured an amended version of her bill in the NDAA, the Newborn Care Improvement Act, which will expand maternal health care for new veteran mothers and families.