Sen. Lee Issues Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement explaining his vote against the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act:

“I voted no on the final version 2017 National Defense Authorization Act because it doubles down on irresponsible defense budget gimmicks that ultimately harm the men and women serving in our military and removed key Utah priorities such as religious liberty protections for government contractors and blocking the sage grouse from being listed as an endangered species.   It also reauthorizes the DoD’s Syria Train and Equip program for another two years despite past failures and risks to our interests in the Middle East.”