WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides authorization for our Nation’s nation security apparatus and resources as well as stipulates a pay increase for our troops:

There is no greater constitutional duty than to provide for the common defense.  President Obama’s veto of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act threatens our men and women in uniform at home and stationed around the globe, complicates the services and expectations of their families and it undermines our military strength and preparedness at a very dangerous time in the world.  This bipartisan measure was vetoed to make a political point.  I hope to have the opportunity to override the President’s distressing veto of this critical piece of legislation as soon as possible.”