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Courtney Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Veto the NDAA and Defund U.S. Armed Forces

December 23, 2020
Press Release

VERNON, CT – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump vetoed the overwhelmingly bipartisan 2021 National Defense Authorization Act in a move to defund the United States Armed Forces and deny a pay raise American troops:

“President Trump’s veto, and the incoherent statement that accompanied it, is exactly the wrong thing for servicemembers, their families, veterans, and critical programs for our national defense—specifically including cyber and Navy shipbuilding,” said Chairman Courtney. “The bill he trashed is the product of a full year of bipartisan work that strengthens deterrence in the Indo-Pacific with a groundbreaking Pacific Defense Initiative that our allies strongly support, a revamping of cyber defense to counter Russia’s brazen hacking, and new protections for victims of Agent Orange. In every respect, his veto statement is disconnected from the facts and it leaves the financial security of our men and women in uniform in limbo, which is an outrage. I look forward to joining my colleagues on Monday to override this irresponsible action in accordance with the Constitution.”