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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the President’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“What the President did today was wrong. He took the well-being of our military and the security of our nation hostage and used it to demand a ransom of more bloated spending for his domestic agenda. What kind of message does that send to our troops when the Commander-in-Chief puts his partisan goals above their well-being? This is now the first Presidential veto of a troop-funding bill that has absolutely nothing to do with our troops, military readiness, or even defense policy in general.

 “There’s a reason the President doesn’t have any problems with the underlying bill. This bill to authorize funding for our troops—like so many before it—passed both houses of Congresses with strong bipartisan support. It was crafted by Republicans and Democrats and reflects our nonpartisan desire to defend our nation and support our troops. President Obama is trying to hijack a bipartisan bill to push for more special interest spending. He should remember that our first duty in government is to provide for the common defense.”