Washington – House Republican Conference Chair and Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) spoke on the House floor today in support of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), specifically noting the importance of passing legislation that will ensure that America continues to lead, including through forward deployed forces, instead of letting the global rules of the road be set by China and Russia:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you in particular to Ranking Member Thornberry and Chairman Smith. I rise in strong support, Mr. Speaker, of this bipartisan William M. “Mac” Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act. A strong bipartisan act such as this one is more important today than perhaps ever before. As we are facing competition with our adversaries in emerging contested domains, we have to develop cutting-edge capabilities in space, cyber space, air, land, and sea. We must do this at a time, Mr. Speaker, when a global pandemic continues to take lives and devastate economies around the world.
This NDAA, Mr. Speaker, recognizes the role that America has played in ensuring peace, prosperity, and freedom around the world for 75 years. It recognizes that our forward deployed forces are fundamental to deterring aggression and forestalling conflict, it recognizes that retrenchment and withdrawal are destabilizing and aid America’s adversaries. Through its provisions, Mr. Speaker, this NDAA underscores that America faces a fundamental choice: we either continue to lead, including through forward deployed forces in places like Germany, Eastern Europe, and South Korea, or we retreat, thus ensuring that the global rules of the road will be set, not by us and other free nations, but by our adversaries, including China and Russia. This bill enhances cooperation with critical allies in the Indo-Pacific, authorizes funding to counter China, and fully funds the European Deterrence Initiative to enhance deterrence against Russia. It also fully funds nuclear modernization to ensure the safety and reliability of our nuclear stockpile and the credibility of our nuclear deterrent.
I urge my colleagues today to ensure this legislation passes the floor in the same bipartisan fashion in which it passed committee, staying true to the spirit of the member after which it is named. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. With that, I yield back.