U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today opposed massive over spending and Republican plans to complicate troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as part of the House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill, H.R. 4310, passed 299-120.
"I fully support training for our troops and providing our soldiers the equipment necessary to help them get the job done and get home safely. But we've got to find a way to do that and still be fiscally responsible with our defense budget. This bill is a far cry from fiscal responsibility.
"The bill spends over the amount agreed to for defense spending in last year's Budget Control Act by $8 billion, ties the Administration's hands on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and includes funding for weapons systems we don't need and the Pentagon doesn't even want, including an unnecessary $50 billion missile defense system for the East Coast of the United States .
"Our spending is out of control, we've got to make responsible cuts and get our fiscal house in order. And that means we've got to start holding the Pentagon accountable to find real savings."