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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following the President’s veto on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA), which provides the Department of Defense with the necessary resources and funding to meet global challenges, combat terrorism and pay our troops, while also ensuring our national defense.

“At a time when our nation faces severe threats to our national security, a veto by President Obama on the NDAA is absolutely inexcusable. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and the defense of this nation should not be used as political leverage to pressure Congress to increase spending for welfare and other non-defense related government programs. The tens of thousands of active duty servicemembers throughout Southeastern North Carolina deserve better. I urge President Obama to reconsider his veto so that our troops receive their pay and benefits, and our nation has the resources necessary to keep us safe from harm.”

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