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Thornberry: US Military Strategy Must Have Congressional Funding

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:31 PM

The United States can have the best military plans, but Congress must put money behind it to make it work, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Wednesday, shortly after leaving a strategy meeting at the Pentagon.

"It was helpful," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Sandra Smith.

"The secretary [James Mattis] laid out for us a preview of the national defense strategy, which he will unveil later this week. If you think about it, we have everything from pure competitors like Russia and China, to the rogue nations like Iran and North Korea, of course, and terrorism hasn't gone away."

The United States expects the military to deal with all those threats, but that strategy needs funding, said Thornberry.

"You can come up with the best strategy in the world, but Congress has got to put the money behind it," said Thornberry. "We've got to build the military that will deal with all those threats and right now there are political games going on in this building that are not adequately funding our military."

Thornberry said he's "very frustrated," though, because there is general agreement among both parties in Congress that more is needed for the military and spending must be increased, but there are people who will only agree to that as part of a deal.

"The problem is, you've got some people who will only agree to that if they get their way on some other issue like immigration, DACA, or funding for the EPA or something else," said Thornberry. "If we could just vote on the merits of this issue, the military would be taken care of and then we could debate the other issue."

However, the military is "being held hostage" to other political issues, said Thornberry, and he knows that many of the leaders attending the meeting, including Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, are concerned about whether funding will be available for the military's strategic plans.

Thornberry said he'll meet with his committee later today to discuss stopgap measures for funding the military, but every time that happens, it "does damage."

"Remember, they've got to spend exactly the same amount of money on the same things that they did a year ago under these measures," said Thornberry. "They can't train for what is coming, they can only do the training for what has been, so it hurts the military every single day. I'm hopeful and I think we could, as I say, with all the agreement on both sides of the aisle, get a budget agreement on not only the military, but the rest of the government. But we've got to stop the political games that are going on."

Thornberry also echoed President Donald Trump's concerns that Democrats, who say they won't vote for a spending bill that does include a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, could hinder military funding.

"I worry about whether some of these folks really want to get a DACA fix or whether they want to just keep the issue out there because they think it helps them politically," said Thornberry. "Every single day that goes on it hurts our military."

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The United States can have the best military plans, but Congress must put money behind it to make it work, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Wednesday, shortly after leaving a strategy meeting at the Pentagon.
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