Wyden Statement on Defense Authorization Bill
Washington, D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, issued the following statement on his vote against the National Defense Authorization Act.
“This bloated defense bill is exactly what Americans hate about politics as usual. It increases defense spending by billions at the same time Republicans insist we can’t afford to pay to repair our roads and bridges, support Oregon’s timber counties or fix wildfire funding. It breaks last year’s bipartisan budget deal. And once again, this bill does far too little to restore fiscal accountability at the Pentagon and ensure the Defense Department is audit-ready by next year, or ever,” Wyden said.
I support fully funding the troops who keep our country safe, and ensuring that scandals like the one affecting National Guard bonuses don’t happen again.”