Senator Calls For Filibuster of NDAA

Senator Calls For Filibuster of NDAA

( – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) yielded to the pressure from Democratic leaders to support the inclusion of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Meanwhile, a group of GOP lawmakers have opposed the inclusion of the JCPA and other non-defense measures. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has called on his colleagues to filibuster the bill as a result.

The Arkansas senator recently joined Bill Hemmer of “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News, where he said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were attempting to “hold this defense bill hostage,” referring to the NDAA. Cotton noted that Congress has passed the bill every year for the last six decades, citing its importance to national security.

Cotton asserted that if Democrats insisted on adding in other bills not pertaining to the nation’s security or supporting America’s troops, then GOP lawmakers needed to filibuster the NDAA. Cotton also felt that House Republicans needed to refrain from voting until Democrats agreed to take out the non-defense spending. He reminded his peers that conservative votes were required to pass the legislation.

Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have joined Cotton in his opposition of passing the NDAA in its current form.

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