MIL-OSI USA: Congressman Kim’s Statement Following His Vote Against the Partisan Republican Defense Bill

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025 in opposition to partisan policies added by House Republicans. These policies were added during debate by the whole House after a bipartisan version of the NDAA passed through a vote of the House Armed Services Committee, of which Kim is the lead Democrat on the subcommittee overseeing military personnel, by a wide bipartisan vote of 57 to 1.

“The National Defense Authorization Act has a decades long history of bipartisanship where both parties worked to find common ground to protect our country. In that spirit, I supported the bipartisan bill when it came up for a vote at our committee even though I had concerns over a number of provisions,” said Congressman Kim. “Today, I cannot support the harmful and partisan changes made by Republicans that have been brought up on the House Floor. Our servicemembers deserve better than using this important bill to play political games. I will work to make sure the final bill focuses on strengthening our defense and standing up for military families, not scoring political points and pushing an extremist agenda.” 

Congressman Kim is the Ranking Member on the Military Personnel Subcommittee, and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party. Prior to serving in the House, Congressman Kim worked as a career public servant under both Democrats and Republicans. He served at USAID, the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House National Security Council, and as a civilian advisor in Afghanistan. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website.