July 13, 2023

New Dem National Security Task Force on Speaker McCarthy’s Partisan NDAA

The Far-Right Amendments McCarthy Pushed Through Strip Servicemembers of their Essential Freedoms

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Annie Kuster (NH-02), National Security Task Force Chair Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) and Vice Chairs Jason Crow (CO-06), Ed Case (HI-01) and Jared Moskowitz (FL-23) released the below statement regarding the National Defense Authorization Act of 2024 (NDAA). New Dems called on the Speaker earlier this week to work with Democrats and Republicans, as is tradition, to find common ground on this legislation: 

“Speaker McCarthy had a choice this week: work with Members on both sides of the aisle to pass a serious bill that protects our national security, or kowtow to the most extreme elements of his party and engage in culture wars.

“Unfortunately, the Speaker chose the latter, forcing through hyper-partisan amendments that disrespect our servicemembers and strip them of their essential freedoms — including access to abortion and lifesaving reproductive health care. While there is a lot to be proud of in this legislation, these extremist attacks force us to oppose the bill. We will continue working with our Senate colleagues and reasonable Republicans to get a bill done before the end of the year that truly keeps us safe at home and abroad.”