December 23, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Veto of the NDAA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on Trump’s veto of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“The NDAA includes a pay raise for our troops, critical investments for Maryland’s military installations, and support for key national security priorities. Trump’s veto of this legislation – which has passed Congress and been signed into law without fail every year for the last sixty years – is shameful. And he’s taking this unprecedented step because the bill does not include unrelated provisions to punish Twitter for fact-checking his lies and because it moves forward on renaming military bases that glorify those who fought with the Confederacy to protect slavery. It’s clear that once again President Trump is putting his ego and his own self-interest before the interests of the American people, our armed forces, and our national security. This veto will be welcome news to our adversaries. I urge a Congressional override of this action as soon as possible.”