Wenstrup: This Partisan Bill Would Harm Military Readiness

Washington, July 12, 2019 Contact: Ann Tumolo (202-225-3164)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“As a member of the Armed Services, I understand that military readiness begins with the funding levels and programs that Congress authorizes in the NDAA each year. Unfortunately, I could not vote for the bill before the House today because it would not provide the resources necessary to address the mounting threats facing our military and our nation. I am deeply disappointed that the Majority chose a spending topline against the recommendations of our generals and that they included numerous political and defense weakening provisions that would restrict our military readiness and capability. This was an insufficient bill, and at a time of increased tensions overseas, it’s important to our troops, and to their families, that we provide them with the resources they need to complete their mission safely and effectively. We can and we must do better. The Senate’s bipartisan NDAA bill seems to be more in line with the non-partisan tradition of the NDAA,” said Wenstrup. 

Congressman Brad Wenstrup has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1998, currently holding the rank of Colonel. In 2005-2006, he served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon and was awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service. In 2018, he received the Soldier’s Medal. During his time in Congress, Brad is fulfilling his Reserve duties by treating patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.