Today, Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) issued the following statement in support of the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Representatives Jeff Landry (LA-03), Louie Gohmert (TX-01) and Scott Rigell (VA-02).
"Since last year's NDAA was passed, I have worked with my House colleagues and House leadership to address their concerns regarding the detainee language. The passage of the Landry/Gohmert/Rigell amendment guarantees civil liberties to United States citizens in the National Defense Authorization Act. It explicitly re-affirms and protects the constitutional rights of American citizens, and states clearly that no citizens' constitutional rights can be denied under the provisions of the defense bill.
"There must be a balance that guarantees the civil liberties of Americans while keeping our nation safe. The Landry/Gohmert/Rigell amendment will protect our civil liberties without damaging efforts to keep Americans safe."
The Landry/Gohmert/Rigell amendment passed the House earlier today. The amended NDAA will be voted on by the House later this afternoon.