New York, New York - U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today blasted incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand for lying to New Yorkers about her support and shortchanging New York military installations and our troops.
In a press release issued yesterday, Gillibrand took credit for fighting to secure $199.1 million in funding for critical capital projects contained in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, yet she actually voted against the bill. The bipartisan 2019 National Defense Authorization Act sets defense policy and serves as a blueprint for federal spending on various military programs.
The defense policy bill also provided the largest pay raise for our troops in nine years.
“It is a disgrace, Kirsten Gillibrand’s lavish Washington lifestyle is bankrolled in part by the largesse of her defense contractor father-in-law, yet she opposed a pay hike for our troops and then lies about it,” said Farley.
According to published reports, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her husband received a $457,200 cash gift from her British in-laws in 2015. The Senator’s father-in-law was the chairman of AMEC, a British engineering firm as well as the lead contractor at Ground Zero, and earlier worked as vice chairman of British defense contractor BAE.
The National Defense Authorization Act authorized funding for five capital projects at military installations throughout upstate New York, including: the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS), Air Force Research Laboratory (Rome Lab), United States Military Academy (West Point), and the Kenneth A. Kesselring Naval Nuclear Reactor Site.
Farley called on Gillibrand to explain her no vote. “New Yorkers deserve to know why Kirsten Gillibrand was one of only 10 Senators to vote against our troops and vote no on the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act,” said Farley.
Farley concluded, “Senator Gillibrand is shameless. She votes against our troops, our military and our state and then turns around and takes credit with voters.”