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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Al Green (TX-9)

(Washington, D.C.) – On Monday, December 28, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement after voting ‘YES’ to overriding President Trump’s veto of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“By overriding the President’s veto of the NDAA, we have done more than send a message to the President that bipartisanship can prevail. We have in fact sent a message to our troops that we will protect them not only while they are on the battlefield; we will protect them when they return to the home front,” Congressman Al Green stated. “It is our duty to assure them that we will do all that we can to provide them with more than the weaponry needed to win wars; we must provide them with good housing, good health care, and good pay when they are serving on active duty as well as good housing, good health care, educational opportunities, and good jobs when they leave active duty. This is the least a grateful nation can do for those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice because, in truth, either we will protect our protectors, or we won’t have protectors to protect us.”

Congressman Green – who in a Christmas Eve press conference indicated his readiness to return to Washington, D.C., and cast his vote to override President Trump’s veto – added,  “A successful veto of this bill would have meant: risking family leave for our civilian VA employees; foregoing a 3% increase in pay for our troops; losing suicide prevention and resilience resources; upholding the memorialization on military bases of the legacies of men who fought to defend our nation’s original sin – slavery. Allowing this veto to prevail would only harm our nation’s veterans and active duty personnel and would contradict the ideals our nation fights abroad to uphold.”

“Our veterans and active duty personnel deserve more, and it is our government’s duty to deliver.”