Cheney speaks about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As global tensions rise, Wyoming’s Congresswoman Liz Cheney ensures our state’s security is covered in the latest defense bill.
Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA this year. This bipartisan bill authorizes all defense spending and programs for the country.
Wyoming U.S. House of Representative Liz Cheney has added 12 amendments to that bill.
These include secured funding for all legs of the nuclear triad of defense. According to Cheney, the NDAA has language that prevents the Biden Administration from going below a certain number of weapons and investing in the next generation of defense.
“We’ve been very successful at making sure that F.E.Warren is going to be the first place that the new ICBM’s are deployed. They are called the GBSD, but it’s the upgraded missiles that we’re developing and that we really need. If you look at what’s happening in China especially, there’s just a huge march forward happening with respects to nuclear modernization,” said Cheney.
Defense doesn’t stop at boots on the ground; our defense systems increasingly include space and cyber security as global technology modernizes and tensions increase.
According to Cheney, allied countries like Ukraine and Taiwan are being targeted.
The U.S. has provided Ukraine with military support and clarified the consequences of any invasion to Russia.
“He’s (Putin) telling the United States, well you’ve got to pull your forces back farther west. He doesn’t want to see NATO expansion, he doesn’t want to see us welcoming new countries into NATO, and we can’t submit to that black mail,” said Cheney. “The freedom of the world requires that United States of America stand up for our allies, and the Ukraine is certainly one.”
The NDAA will also establish a quarterly report on potential global terrorist threats and build a bipartisan commission to delve into the war in Afghanistan’s history and our withdrawal.
“I think it was wrong to withdraw and certainly what happened was a catastrophe and the way he did it. The message it sends around the world is, maybe you don’t have to be too afraid of the United States and maybe you can’t count on the United States,” said Cheney. “If we want a world that’s characterized by an open economy, by fundamental freedoms, the rules of the road that America protects and secures. Then we have to make sure that people understand that America will in fact do that. We will keep our word. "
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