Sen. Cruz Votes Against Senate Attempt to Override President Trump's Veto of NDAA
January 1, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after voting against the Senate's attempt to override President Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA):
"As I said last month, the NDAA is one of the most important bills that Congress takes up. Over the summer, the Senate passed a strong, bipartisan NDAA that fulfilled our constitutional responsibility to provide for the national defense - investing in the next generation of technology, equipment, and weaponry, and ensuring our troops received a well-deserved pay raise.
"However, I have many concerns with the NDAA conference report we voted on today. As it currently stands, this bill includes a host of partisan Democrat priorities unrelated to national security, and conflicts with the Constitution, like requiring the Department of Defense to rename military bases in a brazenly political attempt to erase our nation's history. Additionally, the bill significantly diminishes our ability to execute military strategies, make expeditious military decisions directly related to our national security interests, and wind down endless wars by interfering with the President's Article II authority. This bill also fails to advance much-needed reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which Big Tech exploits while working hand in glove with the Democrat Party.
"Therefore, I opposed the Senate's attempt to override President Trump's veto. I'll continue working with my colleagues to protect our national security."