U.S. Lawmakers React to Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act

U.S. Lawmakers React to Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
December 15, 2023

Lawmakers from around the country have facilitated strong reactions to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2024.

The bill passed by a tally of 310-118.

Before the bill went up for a vote, Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) called the legislation a “swamp defense bill.”

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“The swamp is trying to pass a defense bill that rubberstamps all of Biden’s most radical policies UNDERMINING our military’s focus! House GOP cannot let that happen – we must oppose this swamp deal. Our military, our people, and our country are counting on us. #NDAA #VoteNO,” said Rep. Roy.

He continued, “If the bill is so great, why do you need to suspend House rules and team up with Democrats to get it passed? Here are just a few ways this bill FAILS to refocus our military.”

Moreover, Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) declared that he was a “hard no” on the bill.

“I’m a hard no on the proposed 2024 NDAA – our annual military spending bill. It: Reauthorizes the flawed FISA 702 spying authority with no reforms. Continues woke initiatives in the military – including drag shows. Permits taxpayer-funded transgender surgeries. Hard no,” said Rep. Biggs.

Representative Eli Crane (R-AZ) voted no as well, citing the lack of respect for the 4th Amendment.

“I will be voting NO on NDAA. FISA 702 is a violation of the 4th Amendment. Additionally, this bill continues to entangle us in forever wars abroad and even managed to abandon heroes from Northern Arizona, including the Navajo Nation, that sacrificed for our country during WWII,” said Rep. Crane.

Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) – an Army combat veteran and Bronze Star recipient – voted against the bill but mentioned in his reaction that his vote was not against the military, but for American liberty.

“Unfortunately, what came back from the Senate weakened and eliminated many of the House-passed goals. In addition, the Senate put in an extension to the weaponized abused surveillance program (Section 702) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA),” said Rep. Mills. “As a constitutionalist, I cannot in good conscience vote for a bill that imperils the constitutional rights of Americans by extending the government’s surveillance power of Americans and continuing the violations of privacy every American deserves.”

In the Sunshine State, the GOP split almost down the middle in the House as 11 Florida Republicans voted against the bill and nine voted for it.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the Sunshine State, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE), and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView, as well as the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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