LLPH opposes this current NDAA which makes no changes to the past NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions and authorizes too much spending. We will likely score this vote in our scorecard.
Rep. Gohmert explained why this NDAA is a terrible bill, stating:
“It is high time that Congress reclaims it’s war powers authority. This bill continues to provide the President unilateral authority to engage in war. Unilateral authority of this nature should not solely lie in the hands of the President – especially when both he and his administration have proven time and time again unfaithful to the very principles this country was founded upon. This administration’s politically charged decisions have not only placed our troops in harm’s way, but they have put this nation in a very vulnerable position. We have seen this administration betray our friend, Israel, while supplying and assisting our enemies – the very people that want to kill us.
Providing arms and assistance to groups who are killing and brutalizing Christians and other minorities is a prescription for disaster. Though I was very pleased with some of the inclusions like return of conscience exceptions, I could not vote for a bill that would continue to give the President powers that result in the deaths and abuse of Christians and minorities. As some middle eastern allies told me a few months ago, ‘Your country is now helping the people who supported the attacks on you and are at war with you. We do not understand it.’ I do not either and could not support it.
After the World Trade Center attack in 2001, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was set in place as a reaction to a horrific terrorist attack. Today, we are not in the same position as we once were. The incredible blanket powers, provided to the President on 9-11, must be rolled back. Until we repeal, or at least narrow, the AUMF, I cannot vote to continue to give this administration unfettered authority to make unilateral decisions that could potentially harm us and those who put on uniforms and stand to protect us.”
We urge senators to vote no on final passage of the bill. We may possibly score cloture as well in our scorecard.