RELEASE: PRICE STATEMENT ON REVISED NDAA
Washington, DC –Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) released the following statement about the revised National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 (NDAA), which passed the House of Representatives Thursday.
“Today, I voted in favor of the revised National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 (NDAA). This legislation, which reflects the responsible funding levels allowed for under the recent, bipartisan budget agreement, will provide robust funding for programs that are critical to keeping our country safe and supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families, including in North Carolina’s Fourth District. I am also pleased that the bill retains a provision supporting the 440th Airlift Wing’s continued co-location at Fort Bragg, thanks to a bipartisan effort from the North Carolina delegation.
“Despite my support of this agreement, the final NDAA includes several troubling provisions that should be removed in future years. I strongly oppose the limitations it imposes on the President’s ability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, which flies in the face of our fundamental principle of equal justice under the law and threatens national security by providing propaganda for terrorist recruiters. More broadly, the bill continues to rely on budget gimmicks by using Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund for priorities that should be part of the normal budget process. While this agreement greatly reduces the use of OCO relative to earlier versions, we must end this practice entirely moving forward.”