July 23, 2020

Harris Statement on Passage of Senate National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“Our service members put their lives on the line for all of us, and they deserve the very best. I am proud to support provisions of this bill that benefit service members, their families, and our state, including an amendment I offered requiring the Pentagon to conduct an independent scientific study of Tijuana River pollution and its effect on military personnel. And I enthusiastically support provisions to give our troops a much-deserved pay raise and rename bases honoring Confederate generals.  

“I am thankful for all the work negotiators did to this point, however, I voted no because Californians demand better. I could not vote for a bill that provides backdoor funding for Trump’s border wall, clears a pathway to testing a nuclear weapon for the first time in decades, and does not adequately address the scourge of sexual assault in the military. And I could not back this bill after Republicans refused to include our amendments to demilitarize police departments.

“I am hopeful that negotiations with the House will produce an improved bill that bolsters our national security, honors the sacrifice of service members and their families, and promotes our values. That is a bill I would be proud to vote for.”