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Rep. Courtney Statement on the National Defense Authorization Act

December 2, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s veto threat against the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if repeal of Section 230 of the federal communications code is not added to the bill.

“The scope of a bipartisan conference committee’s work is clearly and strictly limited to the language of the bills that already passed out of the House and Senate,” said Congressman Courtney. “The two bipartisan NDAA bills that passed earlier this year, that’s our only source material—not new, extraneous, non-germane amendments. Section 230 of the federal communications code has absolutely no connection to the National Defense Authorization, or to the year-long proceedings in the House and Senate where we hammered out these bipartisan bills. 

“The bipartisan NDAA our conference committee is working to finalize includes hundreds of priorities for all of our service branches, important provisions for U.S. servicemembers, and we passed both bills with veto-proof majorities. This is a debate that should occur at the Energy and Commerce Committee, not the Armed Services Committee, and it’s one that should never be used to disrupt the safety and security of our men and women in uniform.”