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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Joins ALL Republicans in Voting "No" on "Defense" Bill That Undermines National Security

July 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.R. 2500, the hyper-partisan, badly-flawed FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) on the House floor. The FY20 NDAA passed the House 220-197, (Socialist Democrats voted in favor 220-8, Republicans unanimously voted against).

Congressman Brooks previously voted “No” on House Armed Services Committee passage of the FY20 NDAA on June 13th. Click HERE for Congressman Brooks’ June 13th statement on HASC passage of the FY20 NDAA.

By way of background, the NDAA has been signed into law 58 consecutive years and the House of Representatives usually passes the NDAA by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. For example, when Republicans were in charge, the House passed a bipartisan FY19 NDAA on a 351 - 66 vote (131 Democrats voted “Yes”).

Congressman Brooks said the following:

“America faces grave global threats. Iran is increasingly aggressive. China is building up its military. Russia is working to undermine NATO at every turn. America cannot afford to weaken our military standing. The relative world peace of the past seven decades relies heavily on America maintaining its military strength.”

“Frankly, it’s dangerous for Socialist Democrats to weaken national security at this time. I joined my Republican colleagues and voted ‘No’ on the FY20 NDAA because, on the whole, it undermines America’s border security and national security. It’s unfortunate Socialist Democrats in the House in bad faith refused to support constructive Republican floor amendments that were repeatedly and overwhelmingly voted down on party-line votes.”

“President Trump issued a veto threat against the FY20 NDAA because it is so partisan and so badly flawed in its current form.”

“While the FY20 NDAA has good parts, ALL Republican Members of Congress, including myself, concluded that this FY20 NDAA simply puts too many American lives at risk.”

“For starters, Socialist Democrats— blinded by their hatred for President Trump and crass lust for political power— blatantly used the FY20 NDAA to promote open borders by attacking, thwarting, and undermining President Trump’s existing border security powers and policies. To be clear, border security IS national security. The FY20 NDAA blocks President Trump from using existing law and existing funding to build a border wall or otherwise promote border security that protects and saves American lives. In so doing, Socialist Democrats support the deaths of over 30,000 Americans each year (2,000+ American deaths/year via homicides by illegal aliens on American soil [per Immigration and Customs Enforcement data] plus another 30,000+ American deaths/year from overdoses on poisonous drugs shipped across America’s porous southern border [per Center for Disease Control and Drug Enforcement Agency data]).”

“To be blunt about America’s border security threat, more Americans have died as a result of America’s porous southern border than have been killed in any American military conflict, excepting World War II and the Civil War. Yet, Socialist Democrats insist on promoting their own electoral prospects by enticing and importing illegal aliens— and poisonous drugs they bring— to America.”

“Further dangerous weaknesses in the FY20 NDAA include, but are not limited to:

  • The FY20 NDAA is $17 billion below President Trump’s defense budget request for Fiscal Year 2020. Socialist Democrat spending cuts include hypersonic weapons development, ballistic missile defense, and the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program— all of which are vitally important to America and the Redstone Arsenal defense community;
  • The FY20 NDAA endangers American lives by making it easier to move Guantanamo Bay terrorists to main-land America;
  • The FY20 NDAA weakens America’s nuclear capabilities by eliminating funding for the deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons needed to deter attacks by near-peer adversaries; and,
  • The FY20 NDAA takes aim at Redstone Arsenal’s Missile Defense Agency (“MDA”) by preventing MDA from developing the space-based ballistic missile intercept layer that helps protect America from nuclear missile attacks. A space-based intercept capability is likely the best, and perhaps only, opportunity America has to employ boost-phase missile defense measures for nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles (or hypersonic weapons) fired from nations with strong anti-access/area denial systems (including Russia and China). MDA should have the option to pursue a wide range of technologies in missile defense, and must have the flexibility to research and develop systems that work, no matter if the platform is air-based, sea-based, land-based, or space-based.”

“Notwithstanding that this FY20 NDAA has an overall detrimental effect on both America’s border security and national security, I am pleased my office helped successfully insert into the FY20 NDAA draft provisions beneficial to both America and Redstone Arsenal, including:

  • $38 million is authorized for construction of an Aircraft and Flight Equipment Building on Redstone Arsenal;
  • $40 million is authorized for construction of a new air traffic control tower and airport terminal on Kwajalein Atoll (a key component of America’s missile defense assets);
  • A Department of Defense report to Congress on progress made to enable accelerated integration of new missile capabilities into the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) program;
  • Full funding for the development of the Army's Precision Guidance Kit – Anti-Jam (PGK-AJ);
  • A Department of Defense briefing to defense committees regarding on board vehicle power technology; and,
  • A Department of Defense report (validated by MDA) to the defense committees on the conduct and results of the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) sense-off.”

“Other plusses include authorization of the Space Corps (popularly known as the Space Force), lifting of the prohibition on standing up U.S. Space Command, support for the MDA’s request to develop a space sensor layer to detect and track hypersonic weapon threats, and a provision ensuring the Phase 2 National Security Space Launch program remains on schedule.”

“It is unfortunate Socialist Democrats refused to work in a bipartisan manner— as Republicans did when we held the House majority— to craft a bill that both Republicans and Democrats could support. After voting “No” on the FY20 NDAA in the Armed Services Committee, I held out hope the bill would be improved on the House floor. Unfortunately, the bill was made even worse by radical Democrat amendments that were accepted and pro-defense Republican Amendments that were rejected by the majority party. Maybe the eventual Senate-House compromise bill will be worthy of a ‘Yes’ vote. Such is life in a House of Representatives governed by radical Socialist Democrats, many of whom consider Nancy Pelosi ‘too conservative’ to be House Speaker.”