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Update: Cruz explains why he voted AGAINST the 2014 NDAA

UPDATE 2: Sen. Ted Cruz explains WHY he, rightfully along with Rand and Mike Lee along with a few others, voted AGAINST the 2014 NDAA

Cruz Warns: 2014 NDAA Still Gives Obama ‘Indefinite Detention Without Due Process’ Powers
Says it “does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected

Adan Salazar
Infowars.com
Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Texas Senator Ted Cruz was one of a handful of legislators who took a stand against the renewal of the National Defense Reauthorization Act this week by refusing to sign onto the legislation, which Cruz says still contains wording allowing President Obama to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens absent of due process.

“Just voted against NDAA because it does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected,” Cruz tweeted Thursday evening.

The legislation passed the Senate in an 84-15 vote late last Thursday night and “clears the Pentagon to spend $607 billion, including $527 billion in base funding and $80 billion for America’s global operations,” reports Defense News.

According to Cruz, the bill contains many provisions he supports and even introduced, including provisions requiring “an independent investigation into reports of religious discrimination against troops sharing their faith,” and one insisting on “Improved assistance for widows of troops killed in combat.”

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE from Ted Cruz's Office:

Cruz: NDAA Does Not Ensure our Most Basic Rights as American Citizens are Protected
https://twitter.com/SenTedCruz/statuses/413893211896025088
https://www.facebook.com/r.php?fbpage_id=315496455229328&r=111

December 19, 2013 | (202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding today’s final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act:

"Today I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process.

"The Constitution does not allow President Obama, or any President, to apprehend an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, and detain these citizens indefinitely without a trial. When I ran for office, I promised the people of Texas I would oppose any National Defense Authorization Act that did not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Although this legislation does contain several positive provisions that I support, it does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected.

"I hope that next year the Senate and the House can come together in a bipartisan way to recognize the importance of our constitutional rights even in the face of ongoing terrorist threats and national security challenges. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee toward this common goal."

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Sen. Cruz: There are bipartisan achievements in NDAA bill we can be proud of
Worked with both Republicans and Democrats to bolster national defense, strengthen religious liberty protections, combat sexual assault, and assist veterans

December 20, 2013 | (202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, yesterday voted against final passage of the 2013 National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA), fulfilling his promise to oppose any NDAA bill that does not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens.

However, there are several bipartisan provisions in the final bill that Sen. Cruz introduced or advocated alongside both Republican and Democrat Senate colleagues. Collectively, these provisions represent substantial progress on vital priorities.

“Unfortunately, the final outcome of the NDAA bill included provisions that made it impossible for me to support; specifically, Sen. Harry Reid refused to allow a vote on any amendments to protect the Due Process rights of American citizens not to be subject to indefinite detention," Sen. Cruz said. "Nevertheless, there are significant bipartisan achievements in NDAA bill that bolster our national defense, strengthen religious liberty protections, combat sexual assault, and assist our veterans."

"It was a pleasure to work with my colleagues on these efforts, particularly Senators Lee, Cornyn, Gillibrand, and Donnelly," Sen. Cruz continued. "I look forward to working with them all again next year on this reauthorization bill to further support our service men and women and to strengthen our national defense.”

Measures in the final NDAA bill that Sen. Cruz introduced, personally advocated, or strongly supports include:

Religious Liberty

A Cruz Amendment requiring an independent investigation into reports of religious discrimination against troops sharing their faith (Section 533).
A Lee-Cruz amendment that strengthens the protection of religious liberty in the military (Section 532).
Provision prohibiting the President from selling or transferring the Mount Soledad veterans’ memorial in San Diego to the highest bidder. The ACLU and groups hostile to this veterans memorial have long advocated this transfer (page 298, Joint Explanatory Statement). Sen. Cruz offered a similar amendment on the Senate floor.
A provision that anonymously surveys chaplains on threats to their faith and their work (Section 534).

Benghazi

Language from a Cruz amendment to recognize and commend the State Department’s authorization of the Rewards for Justice program for the terrorists who attacked the diplomatic facilities in Benghazi Libya on September 11, 2012 (Sections 1206, Joint Explanatory statement).

Fort Hood Terrorist Attack

Language from Sen. Cornyn’s amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Cruz, authorizing the Purple Heart to victims of the Fort Hood terrorist attack (Section 565).

National Security and Missile Defense

A Cruz amendment to direct the Secretary of Defense to address the growing threat of a missile attack from the Gulf of Mexico or the southern hemisphere through bolstered missile defense capabilities (Section 238).
A Cornyn amendment, supported by Sen. Cruz, to prohibit the Department of Defense from using taxpayer dollars to purchase Russian-made helicopters (Section 1255).
Prohibition of moving Guantanamo detainees back to the United States (Section 1034). Sen. Cruz introduced an amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee markup to authorize the Department of Defense to transport medical supplies or needed personnel from the U.S. to Guantanamo Bay in order to prevent detainees from being transported to the United States for medical care.

BRAC

Prohibition on a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round (Section 2711). Sen. Cruz won adoption of an amendment in committee markup that would have required DOD to conduct an overseas BRAC study before even considering a domestic BRAC round.
Protection of Servicemen and Women and their Families
Protection for graduates of home school education to ensure they are not discriminated against in joining the military (Section 573).
Improved assistance for widows of troops killed in combat (Section 633).

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Predictions in due Time...
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