President Trump said he will veto the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) over social media policy and to defend Confederate names of military bases. The bill, which was recently passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support in Congress, will fund numerous military programs built and maintained by Machinists Union members.
If vetoed by Trump, the House and Senate will have to vote again on NDAA. Both chambers passed the bill by more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.
“This vitally important, bipartisan legislation will help ensure our U.S. national security, bolster the safety and effectiveness of our men and women in uniform and sustain hundreds of thousands of high-skilled jobs in the aerospace defense and shipbuilding industries,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr.
Thanks to the IAM’s lobbying efforts, the 2021 NDAA authorizes funding for the following IAM-built and maintained programs:
– 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
– 24 F-18 Super Hornets
– 15 C-130 Super Hercules
– 12 F-15 Eagles
– 15 KC-46 Tankers
– Eight P-8 Poseidons
– Two DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Destroyers
– One Columbia-class Ballistic Submarine
– Two Virginia-class Attack Submarines
The 2021 NDAA (H.R. 6395) also includes a well-deserved 3 percent pay raise for our nation’s armed service members and also provides additional pandemic leave and paid parental leave provisions for most federal employees.