Rep. Porter Statement on 2022 National Defense Authorization Act Vote
Washington, December 9, 2021
WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released the following statement regarding her opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022:
“I came to Congress to hold the federal government accountable, including the Department of Defense. The House-passed National Defense Authorization Act did that—in terms of upholding human rights, affirming Congressional oversight of arms exports, reforming our military justice system, protecting taxpayer dollars, and more.
“While I’m proud that several of my amendments to the House-passed NDAA cleared the Senate, these common-sense Pentagon transparency measures pale in comparison to the provisions that were dropped, including those that would have ended U.S. support for the war in Yemen, repealed two outdated authorizations for use of military force, and changed how the military justice system prosecutes cases of corruption.
“I opposed the 2022 NDAA because I refuse to rubber stamp waste, fraud, and abuse at any level of government. I will continue fighting for accountability at the Pentagon and the robust Congressional oversight of the military that the Constitution requires.”
A member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Congresswoman Porter has been a staunch advocate for government accountability throughout her time in Congress. In September, she successfully amended the House-passed NDAA to increase transparency at the Pentagon. Earlier this year, she demanded answers directly from Defense Secretary Llyod Austin regarding the Department of Defense’s failure to deliver certain reports to Congress as required by law.