Loeffler’s aides did not respond to questions about why she missed the vote or her stance on the issue. Although she is in the final days of campaigning in Georgia, she owns a private jet and has adjusted her schedule in the past to accommodate trips to Washington.
In recent days, both senators have avoided questions about how they would vote on the veto override as the runoffs against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock near.
“Look, right now my focus is on winning this race on January 5 because the future of the country is at stake here,” Loeffler said after a campaign event in Woodstock Tuesday.
“And I’m going to continue to fight for our men and women in law enforcement in the military, and to continue to fight for hardworking Georgia’s to make sure that they have the relief they have and that we reopen this economy.”
Perdue’s refused to comment on the issue for days.
Both Loeffler and Perdue voted in favor of the N.D.A.A. when it was initially approved by the Senate last month. But they also said they had misgivings with the law, which Trump vetoed in part because it didn’t include the repeal of a legal shield for social media companies.
In addition to giving troops a 3% pay raise and funding resources at bases across Georgia, the measure includes a provision that will begin the process of renaming Georgia’s Fort Gordon and Fort Benning, as well as other bases that are named after Confederate leaders. Trump, Loeffler and Perdue all said they did not approve of this clause.
A spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia criticized Loeffler for missing the vote without explanation.
“Senator Kelly Loeffler is so afraid of disagreeing with President Trump that she’d rather skip work and decline to support Georgia’s military families than vote against Trump’s reckless veto,” Alex Floyd said. “By skipping this vote for Georgia military families, Senator Loeffler is once again showing Georgians where her priorities lie in Washington.”
Staff writer Patricia Murphy contributed to this report.