WASHINGTON - Today, Rep Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairmen of their respective Armed Services Committees, discussed the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act at the Brookings Institution. To watch the event in its entirety click here.
The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House and the Senate with large, bipartisan majorities in early October. The President has vowed to veto this bill that pays the troops, provides them and their families with benefits, and contains landmark reforms to both military retirement and Pentagon acquisition policy. While the legislation gives the President every defense dollar he asked for, he is threatening to take the unprecedented step of vetoing the bill for political leverage to extract additional spending for other domestic programs.