U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.
"I reluctantly supported the NDAA because it is critical that we provide for our national defense and give our men and women in uniform the resources they need. However, I am deeply concerned that the bill doesn't go far enough to protect U.S. citizens from government overreach, and I plan to continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that Americans' rights are protected.
"I am pleased that two of my amendments were included in the House-passed bill. The first prohibits the Department of Defense from using drones to kill Americans. The second will help my constituents who served abroad get the benefits that they've earned.
"At the same time, I am disappointed that an amendment I cosponsored to sunset the Authorization for Use of Military Force -- a bipartisan effort with Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California -- was not included. The AUMF is the root of some of the most egregious overreaches of the federal government, including warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, and extra-judicial killing operations.
"The AUMF, as utilized by our federal government, is an affront to our liberty and it must go. If additional war authorizations are needed, they should be narrow and clear - as our Founders intended."
H.R. 1960 passed by a 315-108 vote.