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Thornberry: US Military Should Not Be Treated Like Political Pawns

Thornberry: US Military Should Not Be Treated Like Political Pawns
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By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 04:01 PM

The chairman of the House Armed Services committee on Monday criticized the short-term fix agreed on to end the government shutdown, saying the stopgap spending measures were damaging the military's readiness.

"For several months we've had some folks on Capitol Hill who have been willing to hold military funding hostage to some other issue, whether it was increasing funding on a domestic issue or in this case some sort of immigration issue," Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, told Fox News' Harris Faulkner.

"And unfortunately we have seen damage every step of the way as long as they've been doing that."

The Senate chamber agreed 81 to 18 Monday to end debate on a new short-term spending bill, a procedural move that clears the way for a temporary funding plan through Feb. 8. The House must also approve the bill and President Donald Trump must sign it as well.

Democrats had sought firmer guarantees from Republican leadership on immigration, specifically language protecting people in the DACA program, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was reluctant to accept terms. But McConnell on Monday said that if lawmakers could not find bipartisan solutions on immigration, military spending, disaster aid and other issues by the Feb. 8 deadline then he would hold a vote on those matters.

Thornberry said military families need to be protected.

"As long as we are making military funding conditional on some other issue, whether it's immigration or EPA funding or whatever it is, as long as were doing that we are making these men and women who are risking their lives for us political pawns," he said.

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The chairman of the House Armed Services committee on Monday criticized the short-term fix agreed on to end the government shutdown, saying the stopgap spending measures were damaging the military's readiness.
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