U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia’s new 14th Congressional District did not vote for the annual National Defense Authorization Act for which President Barack Obama today signaled support after earlier threatening a veto. The bill had contained a controversial provision that would allow indefinite detention of U.S. citizens upon suspicion of terrorism, and as of this writing, it’s still not clear exactly what the limits are on government power over citizens.
In a Twitter update, Graves said
Erring on the side of liberty and the constitution, I voted “no” on the NDAA.
Graves also received some arguably good news in his reelection campaign on Tuesday when former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, also the 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate, announced that he will not, in fact, be seeking the GOP nomination in the district.
(Updated 12/15 to correct some errors.)