Congressman Biggs Votes Against the NDAA Conference Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6395 – Mac Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act. Congressman Biggs voted against this conference report and issued the following statement:
“I support our military and have voted in support of the National Defense Authorization Act in previous years. However, this year’s version of the NDAA was chalked full of special and anti-American interests that I could not, in good conscience, vote to support. Both the policies and the process are broken for this NDAA, and the House must begin to consider this bill under an open rule process. The considerations under the NDAA are too important for them not to warrant honest and open debate.
“The NDAA fails to prioritize strong border security operations along the southern border. It allows our endless wars to continue into perpetuity. It did not include my amendment that would have required the Department of Defense to report to Congress on defense spending by allied countries. And it authorizes the repeal of the Chief Management Officer position – one of the only offices at DOD that saves us money.
“Due to these reasons, and others, I was forced to oppose this conference report. I support President Trump’s promise to veto this legislation once it reaches his desk, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that Congress will not be able to override his veto. We can and must do much better for our troops. I hope my Democrat colleagues will come back to the table and work with us to give our troops the very best from the United States Congress.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.