Congressman Duncan Votes “No” on the National Defense Authorization Act

December 15, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement after the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act:

"Tonight I voted “No” on the National Defense Authorization Act. I’ve sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and I take that oath very seriously. The detainee language in this bill represents the first time Congress has explicitly granted the President the authority to hold US citizens in military custody for an indefinite period of time.

While supporters of this legislation claim to have inserted some constitutional protections, the language added during negotiations between the House and the Senate is too vague to adequately protect the rights of the American people.

I will always support our troops, but I will not support legislation that endangers the very Constitutional rights they are fighting to protect."