Late last night, the Senate voted to reauthorize the National Defense Authorization Act and approved $607 billion in military spending. Only twelve Republicans and a measly three Democrats opposed the bill. Potential 2016 hopefuls Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) both voted “Nay.”
Senator Ted Cruz released the following statement:
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.
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