This afternoon, President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act, which funds military activities, including their pay. The move is entirely bizarre since the piece of legislation was passed by a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House and Senate.
Here is the rationale that the President gave for vetoing the bill, according to USAToday:
“Obama said the bill fell “woefully short” because it kept across-the-board budget cuts in place, blocked needed military reforms and prohibited him from closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”
Wait. It prevented him from moving Gitmo terrorists into Colorado’s backyard? Sounds like a winner to us. But, of course, closing Gitmo is of utmost importance to our fearless leader. Here is what Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner said about President Obama’s bizarre action:
“Today, President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill passed by a large bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate.
“With our men and women in uniform deployed around the world and working around the clock to keep us safe, it’s unconscionable that the President would veto a bill designed to give them the resources they need. The NDAA includes support for our troops and their families, resources for wounded warriors, and authorizes the funding required to continue ongoing operations against ISIS and others.
“When NDAA came up for a vote earlier this month, 70 Senators, members of both parties, supported it. It is my hope those same Senators will come together to overturn this reckless veto and give our troops the tools they need to protect our country.”
Colorado is home to 37,000 active duty military men and women and 413,000 military veterans on six military bases. If Democrats want to gain support for their candidates in Colorado, vetoing the NDAA is probably not the way to do it.