Washington, D.C., lobbyist-turned-candidate for Congress Taylor Griffin criticized my vote against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Apparently, Mr. Griffin thinks the best way to thank our troops for their service is to slash their earned benefits. I beg to differ.
Among other things, the NDAA will cut the Basic Housing Allowance for service members. It will also increase Tricare copays on prescription drugs, hurting those in our military who have put their lives on the line to serve our country.
And while the bill cuts benefits for our troops, it provides another several hundred million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to pay the salaries of Afghan soldiers and policemen. These would be the same Afghan soldiers who have murdered and wounded dozens of their American trainers, and who are raping young Afghan boys on U.S. military bases with impunity.
Defending those who defend us is my highest priority. That is why I have co-sponsored more bills to help our veterans than any other member of Congress.
What I will not do is endorse legislation pushed by political leaders in Washington that breaks the faith with our men and women in uniform. It is sad to see that Mr. Griffin will.