FY 2021 NDAA: The Warfare State Remains — Unfortunately — Bipartisan.
The FY 2021 NDAA passed overwhelmingly as usual 295 to 125.
The NDAA authorizes $732 billion in discretionary spending for various military and “defense” capacities. One would think that given how Democrats talk about the threat Trump poses, they would try to curtail the size of the warfare state. They, of course, did not.
187 Democrats and 102 Republicans voted for it. 43 Democrats, 81 Republicans, and Justin Amash voted against it.
Here are the 43 Democrats who voted NO:
Several progressives filed amendments to take on the warfare state.
Accelerated Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Ilhan Omar (MN-05) filed an amendment to establish a policy framework for the accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
It failed 129 to 284.
126 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Mo Brooks and Tom Massie), and 1 Independent (Justin Amash) voted for it. 103 Democrats and 181 Republicans voted against it.
Here are the 103:
Stopping the Pentagon From Continually Increasing Demands
Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) filed an amendment to strike the statutory requirement that the Pentagon provide annual Unfunded Priorities lists to Congress.
It failed 173 to 241.
171 Democrats, 1 Republican (McClintock), and 1 Republican (Justin Amash) voted for it. 182 Republicans and 59 Democrats voted against it.
Here are the 59:
Reducing the Military Budget
Mark Pocan (WI-02) filed an amendment to reduce overall authorization level by 10%, excluding military personnel, DoD federal civilian workforce, and defense health program accounts.
It failed 92 to 324.
91 Democrats and Justin Amash voted for it. 139 Democrats and 185 Republicans voted against it.
Here are the 139:
Responding to Trump’s Abuses of Power in Portland
Veronica Escobar (TX-16) filed an amendment to limit Trump’s use of the Insurrection Act.
It passed 215 to 190.
Justin Amash (MI-03) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) joined 213 Democrats in voting in favor. 14 Democrats joined 176 Republicans in voting against it.
Here were the 14 Democrats: Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Jared Golden (ME-02), Kendra Horn (OK-05), Conor Lamb (PA-17), Dan Lipinski (IL-03), Elaine Luria (VA-02), Ben McAdams (UT-04), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Max Rose (NY-11), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Xochitl Torres-Small (NM-02).
And on a Non-Military Front
Madeleine Dean (PA-04) filed an amendment to provide up to $10,000 in immediate assistance to pay down the balance of private student loans. Furthermore, when borrower payments resume, the servicer would have to modify the loan to lower the monthly payment by re-amortizing the loan and/or lowering the interest rate.
It passed 217 to 198. 2 Republicans voted with Democrats in favor (Brian Fitzpatrick of PA-01 and Jeff Van Drew of NJ-02), and15 Democrats joined Republicans in voting against it: Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Ed Case (HI-01), Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Jared Golden (ME-02), Kendra Horn (OK-05), Dan Lipinski (IL-03), Elaine Luria (VA-02), Ben McAdams (UT-04), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Xochitl Torres-Small (NM-02).