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

“Today, Congress sends President Obama a bill with widespread bipartisan support that authorizes defense spending at the exact level the President requested. It authorizes the funding he wants, makes needed reforms to the Department of Defense acquisitions process, gives our military personnel a raise, and improves the military retirement savings system. What is unfathomable, however, is that even though President Obama doesn’t have any problems with the bill itself, he has announced that he plans to veto this bill in a partisan gambit to increase domestic spending.

“Putting our military readiness at risk and blocking reforms our servicemen and women need by vetoing this NDAA is not only irresponsible, it just doesn’t make sense. And the President is even threatening to do this at a time when he has recommitted troops to Afghanistan. Our country and armed forces deserve better, and the President should sign this bill.”