Rep. Chip Roy: GOP Leadership Must Whip Votes Against Woke NDAA
Principled limited government constitutional conservative Republican Congressman Chip
Roy (TX-21) just released an open letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to oppose the Biden National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
In the letter Rep. Roy said:
This week, House and Senate Republicans face at least two important tests that will define the choice facing the American people in 2022.
First, will Congressional Republicans vote for a continuing resolution (“CR”), or other government funding vehicle, that funds a government enforcing (or threatening the enforcement of) vaccine mandates on the American people?
Second, will Congressional Republicans vote for a National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) that — for the first time in history — will force 18-year-old women to register for the draft? This, of course on top of failing to hold Defense Department brass accountable for the failure in Afghanistan, pushing climate change policies and “trainings” for DOD personnel, and — among other things — continuing to fund CRT and other “woke” indoctrination programs.
Continuing to fund this kind of garbage is inexcusable and is precisely what our constituents want us to oppose, and oppose loudly. Whether or not the judiciary may eventually bail out Americans from certain mandates and whether we are in the majority or not, we should never vote to fund immoral, unlawful, and repugnant policies.
This is an open letter requesting that you each lead — and whip — Congressional Republicans to take the position that 1) we will — at a minimum — not vote for a CR, or any other government funding legislation, while any federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates remain in place, and 2) we will — at a minimum — not vote for an NDAA if the provision drafting women is not removed, or removed and replaced with a provision ending selective service registration altogether.
The NDAA is a hard bill to vote against, particularly for pro-defense conservatives, but we urge House Republicans to vote NO and Senate Republicans to filibuster the bill until changes are made and to vote NO if the bill retains the same language that passed the House.
We already told CHQ readers about the “Draft Our Daughters” language in the House bill. Legislation such as this has always been a bad idea, said Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly, but a key section of the amendment, which has received almost no public awareness or debate, also would change the purpose of Selective service. This blank check amendment would greatly expand Big Government power, at a time when the Biden Administration already is exceeding its authority.
The fact that such a radical, unjustified change is being made without hearings, public debate, or informed national discussion is unconscionable.
As CMR has explained previously, inclusion of women for purposes of “equity” would jam the induction system and slow mobilization due to physical differences that are not going to change. The predictable clash between egalitarian theories and harsh physical realities could cost lives and weaken national defense at the worst possible time.
In addition to the millions to be spent on indoctrinating our military with “woke” nonsense instead of battlefield skills, our friends at the NRA-ILA later alerted us that language included in the bill by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), would ignore due process protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution and allow for the confiscation of firearms owned by those in the armed forces.
The Speier language would allow the military judicial system to issue ex parte protective orders that prohibit firearm possession. In other words, military personnel could be forcibly disarmed of their lawfully-possessed firearms before having so much as an opportunity to contest the accusations against them and present evidence in their defense. This would represent a clear denial of constitutional due process protections for those who have sworn an oath to protect and defend our country and the U.S. Constitution.
The second provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), would undo components of two export-reform regulations crafted by the Trump Administration. The regulations were designed to enhance the competitiveness of American companies in the firearms and ammunition sectors, remove burdens for gunsmiths and other small businesses, modernize export controls, and enhance national security.
Instead, the Torres amendment would empower anti-gun legislators to inject politics into what is normally an administrative exercise handled by subject matter experts, leading to unnecessary delays and costs to otherwise legal transactions. The amendment passed by a vote 215-213.
It is imperative conservatives stand against this outrageous attempt to sneak our daughters onto the front lines or to enroll all Americans of a certain age into government-directed labor and to use the NDAA to implement anti-constitutional gun control measures that could never pass on their own. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), tell your Senators to vote YES to strike the “Draft Our Daughters” and gun control language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and NO on the final passage of the NDAA if the “Draft Our Daughters” and gun control language remains in the bill.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Biden National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)