MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Chu Votes Against National Defense Authorization Act

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Judy Chu (CA2-27)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R.8070, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025.

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-28) voted against the bill and issued the following statement:

“For the second year in a row, the extreme MAGA Republican majority hijacked what’s routinely a bipartisan process to advance a deeply unpopular, far-right agenda that will hurt our national security and our servicemembers. I voted in opposition.

“The final House NDAA, bloated with new MAGA measures added on the Floor, is anti-women and would prevent servicemembers and their families from accessing abortion care. The bill is anti-diversity and would eliminate positions and processes designed to make our military inclusive and reflective of the country it protects. The bill is anti-science and would undermine our military’s readiness by ignoring the climate crisis. The bill is homophobic and would censor LGBTQI+ people in the military. The bill is transphobic and would deny trans people’s existence by withholding gender-affirming care for them. I also remain concerned about the overall cost of the NDAA and continued failure to impose transparency measures on the Department of Defense, given the Pentagon’s inability to ever pass an audit. Further, the bill maintains the prohibition on finally shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, which serves no strategic purpose for the U.S. and hasn’t for many years.”

This bill would authorize $883.7 billion for national defense activities. House Republicans rejected the originally bipartisan FY25 NDAA and adopted a number of poison pill amendments on the Floor. These include provisions that limit access to abortion and abortion-related services; bar funding for the execution of Executive Orders designed to combat climate change; eliminate any office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Department of Defense (DoD), eliminate and prohibit the recreation of a Chief Diversity Officer within DoD, and institute a permanent hiring freeze for DEI jobs; prevent TRICARE and the Exceptional Family Member Program from covering gender-affirming care and hormone therapies; and other measures restricting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.