Hagedorn Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

July 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Instead of voting on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the U.S. Senate 86-8, today Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a vote on a politicized NDAA version, H.R. 2500. Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) voted “no” and provided the following statement:

“The National Defense Authorization Act has traditionally boasted strong, bipartisan support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brought a politicized version of the NDAA to the House floor today, despite knowing it will never become law. This politics-over-people approach is what frustrates the American people about Congress.

“The House version of the NDAA makes America weaker, not stronger. Democrats want to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer GITMO terrorists to U.S. soil. Likely, some of these radical Islamic terrorists would end up in southern Minnesota at Rochester’s Federal Medical Center. I refuse to let southern Minnesota become a terrorist target.

“This NDAA makes cuts to our military’s personnel accounts, used for troop pay, benefits and housing. It falls short of the funding levels requested by our nation’s military leaders and blocks the Trump administration from securing our border.

“I voted against today’s politicized NDAA but will gladly vote for a final compromise bill that authorizes dollars and policies to adequately protect the U.S. Funding our troops and national defense should never be partisan.”

The NDAA that passed the House today included an amendment from Hagedorn for small business contractors. Learn more here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.