Gluesenkamp Perez Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

Jul 14, 2023
Press

Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) released the below statement after voting in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act:

“Strong national security and national defense is the foundation for a healthy democracy. That’s a core belief shared by both Democrats and Republicans, who have long worked together to craft a bipartisan, balanced National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – making it historically one of the most bipartisan bills in Congress.

This year’s NDAA was deeply flawed because of the Republican majority weaponizing the legislation to play into their senseless culture wars. I voted against these harmful amendments, and I refuse to play into their game plan.

But, we have an obligation to protect our citizens, our borders, and our brave service members who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms, which is why I voted for the bill.

The bill also included my amendment to improve the military’s ability to fix its own equipment. When military maintenance technicians aren’t able to fix equipment in the field – whether it’s an engine or a simple generator – because of restrictive contracting terms, it harms our military readiness and is a gut punch to technicians, who want to work with their hands to fix things.

As the legislation moves to the Senate and both chambers work towards compromise, I look forward to voting on a final version of the NDAA – one that fully funds our military and national defense while understanding that threats to our nation originate from our adversaries, not from a woman’s freedom to make decisions about her own reproductive health or from LGBTQ+ Americans.”

Recent Posts


Jun 14, 2024
Press

Gluesenkamp Perez Statement on National Defense Authorization Act, Passage of Amendments

Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) released the following statement after she voted with her bipartisan colleagues to pass the FY25 National Defense Authorization Act, which included two of her amendments: “As freedom and democracy come under threat from adversaries across the globe, maintaining our military readiness and national security is important as ever. It’s […]



Jun 13, 2024
Press

Gluesenkamp Perez Announces Mobile Office Hours in Lewis County

Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) announced she will be holding her fifth set of mobile office hours in Salkum, Washington. Residents of Washington’s Third District will be able to walk in to get assistance with federal agencies like the VA, IRS, and State Department. The Congresswoman’s team will be available on Wednesday, June 26, […]



Jun 12, 2024
Press

Gluesenkamp Perez Introduces Bill to Protect Coastal Communities from Impacts of Offshore Wind Projects

Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) introduced the Protecting Coastal Communities Act. The legislation will protect coastal communities and the aquaculture, fishing, and recreation industries by prohibiting wind energy development off the coast of Southern Washington and Northern Oregon unless it is proven they will not face adverse impacts from offshore wind projects. The Protecting […]