President Places Politics Above American Security

October 22, 2015
Press Release

Today, Congressman Doug Lamborn issued the following statement in response to President Obama's veto of the bipartisan 2016 National Defense Authorization Act:

"I am sickened and astonished by President Obama's duplicity and callous disregard for the needs of our men and women in uniform. While he worked so hard to make sure that the Iranian military had the funding they needed via his disastrous nuclear deal, he is willfully disregarding the needs of our military in order to make a political point.

The presidency has sunk to a new low today.  For the first time in history, an American president has vetoed a defense bill because of issues that the bill itself cannot possibly address.  Most of us here in Congress think defending our nation is our first and most important priority, a sacred constitutional duty we have to protect the American people. 

Tragically, President Obama is willing to hold defense hostage to try to get more money for agencies like the IRS and the EPA.  All of this, while we remain at war with extremist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS that want to attack America, and while we are still having troops killed overseas.

I am confident that Congress will do the right thing for our military, and the right thing for America, and override President Obama's reckless and truly dangerous veto."

- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)