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Peters Statement on President Trump’s Veto of the National Defense Bill

DETROIT, MIU.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) and has been signed into law for 59 consecutive years:

“This vital legislation has traditionally received broad, bipartisan support – and this year was no exception. For the President of the United States to veto this bill that provides a pay raise for our troops, enhances our cybersecurity and strengthens our national security is reckless and dangerous – particularly as our nation faces ever-evolving threats, including from this pandemic.

“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I was proud to work on this legislation – which also supports Michigan’s growing defense footprint and manufacturers. I will be voting to override this veto, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same.”

The legislation includes provisions Peters authored and supported to benefit servicemembers and their families, support Michigan’s defense sector, shore up our cyber defenses and strengthen our national security.