Davis Stands Up for Troops, Votes Against Partisan Defense Bill
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after House Democrats passed a bill that drastically underfunds our military. The Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes $17 billion below what President Trump and military leaders requested. In contrast, the Senate passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan NDAA 86-8, which both Senators Durbin and Duckworth voted for, that provides our military leaders with the exact amount they requested.
“I refuse to vote for a bill that completely ignores the requests of our military leaders, jeopardizes our readiness, and risks the safety of our troops,” said Davis. “Just a few years ago, we had four times more servicemembers, including Petty Officer Logan Palmer from this district, die in accidents than in combat. I will not vote to take us back just because Democrat leaders of this House have chosen to appease the most liberal wing of their conference instead of working in a bipartisan way to bring a NDAA that adequately funds our troops to the floor. The Senate has managed to pass a bipartisan bill and so should this House.”
Additionally, Democrat leaders refused to make a number of Republican member’s amendments in order, including Davis’ bipartisan amendment he offered with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and other members of the delegation, to bring a flying mission to the 183D Wing of the Illinois National Guard in Springfield.
“It’s disappointing when my friends on the other side play politics and refuse to make certain amendments in order preventing even a vote on the floor,” Davis said regarding his amendment to the NDAA not being made in order. “This is a historically bipartisan bill done under a bipartisan, open process. It’s unfortunate that today we voted on one that was neither.”