WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement today following President Obama’s veto of the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill:
“The president’s veto of our nation’s defense authorization bill is a reckless political maneuver that leaves our nation at risk. Our greatest constitutional responsibility is protecting our nation, and we must make certain our men and women in uniform are trained, ready and able to defend our nation from the ever-changing threats we face – especially in the rapidly deteriorating Middle East. By rejecting the bipartisan work of Congress, the president is putting the safety of those who serve our country at risk.”
The bill passed with broad support from senators who recognized the importance of putting the defense of the country ahead of engaging in a show of partisan politics. Funding for the military in fiscal year 2016 will remain in question pending a congressional override of the president’s veto.