Maloney Votes No on FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting no on the House’s version of the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4350).
“While I could not in good conscience vote for this version of FY2022 NDAA, I am pleased that the final bill included my Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act (PLUM) Act, legislation to increase the transparency and accountability of senior leaders in the Executive Branch by providing timely and transparent information about those who are making decisions impacting millions of lives. We should be making our government more transparent for the American people, and more representative of everyone in our country. The PLUM Act would shine a light on who is and isn’t at the table.
“It is also critical that this legislation includes fundamental changes to how cases of sexual assault are handled within our Armed Forces, finally gives D.C. control of its National Guard, and increases pay for servicemembers, among other Democratic priorities.
“However, even with these important provisions, I could not vote for legislation that continues to promote bloated and wasteful spending in the Pentagon’s budget while millions of Americans are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The spending increase above and beyond the President’s budget request is even more unacceptable in the wake of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent report detailing how the Department of Defense is still failing to identify and fight fraud in defense contracts.
“This failure to safeguard taxpayer dollars is completely unacceptable, and I am urging the Biden Administration to quickly and fully implement GAO’s recommendations and put the Defense Department on a path to operate more efficiently and effectively and with the confidence that it is not spending money on fraudulent contracts.
“We need to be investing in our schools and strengthening social safety net programs – not lining the pockets of defense contractors. We must push back against this increase and instead use these funds to directly invest in our communities, improve our children’s futures through education, and protect our environment from climate threats like hurricanes and heatwaves.
“I will never vote for blanket increases to defense programs without a clear national interest in mind.”