Great explanation by Rep. Amash (R-MI 3) on why he voted against this year’s House NDAA:
Justin AmashI voted no on H R 1960, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill authorizes $55 billion *more* in military spending than the amount authorized by law under sequestration and provides $5 billion *more* than the President’s request for Overseas Contingency Operations (i.e., war funding). It also contains a misguided and dangerous policy statement on Syria that encourages greater military intervention and implies congressional support for arming the Syrian rebels. And yet again, the House rejected an amendment (Smith-Amash-Gibson) that would have repealed unconstitutional sec. 1021 of the 2012 NDAA, which gave the President sweeping new power to indefinitely detain anyone, including American citizens inside the United States, without charge or trial. Seventeen Republicans joined me (i.e., 18 total) in opposing our own party’s NDAA, which is the high mark for opposition in modern history. It passed 315-108.