Saturday, July 15, 2023

Oklahoma's congressional delegation applauds passage of NDAA with conservative priorities

Read below for comments from each of Oklahoma's five members of the U.S. House of Representatives following passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. Reps. Hern and Brecheen, for their part, point out many conservative victories in the amendment process of this military funding measure.

Hern applauds passage of the NDAA, inclusion of conservative priorities

WASHINGTON, DC (July 14th) – Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after the House passed HR 2670, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024.

“Conservatives have a lot to be happy with in this NDAA,” said Rep. Hern. “Under the leadership of Joe Biden, our military has been injected with woke ideology at the expense of our ability to combat China. The passage of Rep. Jackson’s amendment barring the Pentagon from using taxpayer funds to pay for travel for abortions is a major victory, I’m proud to support it. Under this NDAA, our military’s primary focus will be combatting threats from nations like China, Russia, and Iran – exactly what it should be.”

Lucas Releases Statement After Voting in Support of NDAA

Washington, DC (July 14th) – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY24 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Lucas voted in favor of the legislation. 

“Today, the House continued its 63-year tradition of passing a bipartisan agreement to fulfill one of Congress’s most important duties: supporting America’s service men and women and strengthening our national security. 

“The National Defense Authorization Act bolsters military preparedness and provides needed assistance to military families, all while reining in wasteful spending. The NDAA delivers on our commitment to counter China’s malign influence and increase service member pay. 

“Our military serves as the foundation of American freedom. I applaud House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers for his tireless efforts in passing this critical legislation.”

A summary of the bill can be viewed here

Congressman Josh Brecheen Votes for Most Conservative NDAA in Recent History

Washington, D.C. (July 14th) – Today, Congressman Josh Brecheen voted for the most conservative National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in recent history after conservatives passed several amendments that fight back against the social engineering the Biden Administration is injecting into our military that has led to record low military recruitment.

Congressman Brecheen spoke during a House Freedom Caucus press conference earlier this morning, which you can watch here

“We need our troops to be lethal and truly prepared for war, instead of being pawns in Joe Biden’s culture wars, where he has used our men and women in uniform to advance a woke and hyper-sexualized ideology. Today, House Republicans are ending Joe Biden’s drag queen story hour reading experiment with our troops,” said Congressman Josh Brecheen.

“This legislation is the most conservative NDAA in recent history.  We are saying goodbye to the Defense Department’s taxpayer-subsidized abortions where your taxpayer dollars were paying to transport people to obtain abortions. We are putting a stop to spending your taxpayer dollars on gender transition surgeries. We are eliminating the Defense Department’s DEI office, that prioritized race over military readiness. And we’re prohibiting DoD from purchasing and having pornographic and radical gender ideology books in their libraries,” continued Brecheen.

“It is sad that these amendments were needed but the reality is that President Biden has politicized our military to a level we have never seen before in the history of this country. House Republicans are standing up for our men and women in uniform and getting politics out of our military,” Brecheen concluded. 

Cole Applauds Passage Of FY2024 NDAA In House

Washington, D.C. (July 14th) – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2670, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2024. The legislation authorizes funding for the United States’ common defense, military personnel and retirees, including provisions that support the missions at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City and Fort Sill in Lawton, which are both located in the Fourth District of Oklahoma. Cole supported the legislation.

“The NDAA is critical for our nation’s military to meet its mission and the bill passed out of the House today is strong and significant in ensuring our warfighters are manned, equipped and trained for the multitude of threats we face,” said Cole. “This bill puts a halt to President Joe Biden’s attempt to return our military to that of the disastrous Obama-era by authorizing $863.3 billion in defense, a 28 percent increase from the fiscal year 2023 NDAA.

“While an increase from President Biden’s original request is achieved, this bill also would save taxpayers $40 billion without compromising our national security. This bill goes above and beyond by rejecting ideological indoctrination initiatives, requiring the Pentagon to remain focused on readiness and preparedness. It would also deliver the largest pay raise for our service members in 20 years, provide for measures to counter aggression from the Chinese Communist Party and other threats, increase oversight of military aid and invest in military families. 

“The duty of Congress to provide for our common defense is not only constitutionally obligated, but an imperative function of this body and that is echoed in this legislation. I look forward to continuing this process with the Senate so Congress can pass a bipartisan, bicameral final product that reflects our commitment to our men and women in uniform and keeping Americans safe.”

Bice Votes for NDAA

Washington, D.C. (July 14th) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation includes the largest pay raise for our military in 30 years. Furthermore, it provides our military with the resources they need to defend our nation and counter threats across the globe.

Congresswoman Bice issued the following statement:

“I was proud to support this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA allows our military to keep pace with growing threats across the globe, especially from China. Critically, this legislation builds a stronger and more capable missile defense, rejects the Administration’s efforts to reduce the size of the Navy, protects U.S. military bases, critical infrastructure, and academic research from Chinese encroachment and espionage, and much more. Furthermore, this legislation works to halt the politicization of the military, allowing us to focus on being a more lethal and effective fighting force. It also creates a new Special Inspector General to oversee all aid to Ukraine.”

“I was also pleased to see that my legislation, the Disrupt Fentanyl Trafficking Act was included as an amendment to the NDAA. This legislation will further empower the Department of Defense to take steps to halt cartel trafficking and the national security threat that this has created at our southern border. In 2020, we lost 136 Oklahomans due to overdose deaths from fentanyl – a nearly 152 percent increase from the previous year. This dangerous drug has found its way into our communities, and I am committed to stopping this self-inflicted crisis.”


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