Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) today voted against final passage of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018.
“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, I have the utmost respect for the sacrifices made by our military servicemen and women,” Rep. Speier said. “But I cannot support a defense bill that busts our budget caps by forcing the Pentagon to buy costly, unreliable equipment they don’t even want. It is unconscionable to spend billions of dollars on 20 F-35 aircraft and two Littoral Combat Ships that the Department of Defense never even requested – and those are far from the only examples. While our State Department and Intelligence Community wither, eroding our ability to prevent conflicts in the first place, Congress has chosen to shovel taxpayer dollars to defense contractors who have failed again and again to deliver on-time and on-budget.”
The NDAA authorizes a total $700 billion of defense spending next year, $26 billion above the administration’s request and over $77 billion in excess of statutory caps mandated by the Budget Control Act.