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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma


Russell Calls Congress to Override Presidential Veto on NDAA

October 23, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I served my country for 21 years and deployed operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. As a combat infantry veteran, I know firsthand the hardships our warriors face. The question we have before us is why the President will add to those hardships?

A presidential veto will block needed funds for our combat operations. It will eliminate crucial planning time by 3 to 6 months, forcing the military to waste money on playing ‘catch up’ in an effort to try to make up for lost time. It will reduce certainty and our overall national security posture. 

The veto will block a revised retirement program benefitting 83 percent of our warriors not currently covered. It will deny expanded access to healthcare and block access to needed drugs. It will continue to leave our warriors defenseless at recruiting stations, camps, posts and bases by denying their ability to carry firearms. 

It will block a mediocre pay raise that the president already personally reduced by 1%. Now they won’t even get his pathetic 1.3% pay raise.

A Presidential veto makes one thing clear, “Nothing is too good for our troops and nothing is what he will give them.” That is why we will fight the president to overturn his veto.