Wilson Statement on President’s Veto of the NDAA

Oct 22, 2015
Press Release

Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement regarding President Obama’s veto of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

“I am disappointed in the President’s decision to veto the NDAA—a bill that provides for our service members and equips our troops to fight serious threats to American families, like the Islamic State. Providing for our military should be bipartisan to deter violence around the world and promote peace through strength,” Wilson said.

“The President is vetoing this bill over abstract budgetary reasons, and by doing so, misses the positive impact this bill will have for our troops. I support the NDAA because it directly supports our service members and military families in the Second Congressional District.

“I encourage all Members of Congress to join me with bipartisan support for the NDAA and pledge to override this veto. We must override this veto to support our troops and implement common-sense reforms, such as updating the military acquisition process and improving the military retirement system.”

The NDAA passed the House on October 1, 2015, by a vote of 270 to 156 and passed the Senate on October 6, 2015, by a vote of 70 to 27. 

This year’s NDAA provided for a strong cyber defense, safeguarding technological superiority, enabling Special Operations for the future, providing resources to combat terrorism and unconventional warfare and providing critical resources for the Armed Forces and their families.