U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) spoke out against President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) late last week.
NDAA authorizes $611.8 billion for national security defense programs.
"The veto of the defense authorization bill is deserving of a congressional override, which is in reach because of vast bipartisan, bicameral support," Kirk said. "For Illinois, this veto blocks $22 million for construction of military family housing at Rock Island Arsenal and the new Illinois National Guard firing range in Sparta. The veto also blocks the construction of 12 new F/A-18F Super Hornets that will be built at the St. Louis Boeing plant that employs 2,000 Illinois workers."
Thursday's veto is the fifth time in more than 50 years that the annual defense-authorization bill has been vetoed.
NDAA passed the Senate 70-27.