The recently passed military spending budget continues to be a linchpin for Alabama's upcoming 2024 congressional election, as candidates continue to use the spending bill to contrast individual positions on vital issues.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 87-13 to fund the military for fiscal year 2024.

The budget bill had several provisions desired by Republicans but lacked key measures backed by more conservative lawmakers.

Everyone in Alabama's federal delegation voted to approve the NDAA except for U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), the only delegation member in the Freedom Caucus. The NDAA included provisions that continued DOD funding for travel expenses and off time for servicemembers who procure an abortion, even if their state has restrictions. It also included continued DEI initiatives, the re-authorization of specific FISA provisions that many believe will continue federal spying on Americans, and additional funding for Ukraine.

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U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) is one of many facing an election in the coming 2024 cycle, and his opponent in the Republican primary, Gerrick Wilkins, is latching on to Palmer's "yes" vote on the NDAA to contrast his stance on the issues.

During an appearance on Montgomery radio's NewTalk 93.1's "News and Views" with Joey Clark, Wilkins bashed Palmer for voting to pass a bill "full of so much garbage."

The segment begins at the 29-minute mark.

"I was flabbergasted that Gary Palmer voted yes for this," Wilkins said. "I think it's a slap in the face to Alabama values. I don't think people realize that he voted to fund taxpayer-funded abortions and spying on Americans. I mean, this is a Democrat point. This is not what conservative Republicans in Alabama want. It is astonishing to see him trying to justify this."

He continued, "It's just atrocious to see what's going on here. We need true conservatives in Congress, not these bought-for RINOs [Republicans in name only] who are trying to appease special interests."

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