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Thornberry: Military Spending Now a 'Political Football' in Congress

Thornberry: Military Spending Now a 'Political Football' in Congress
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By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:57 AM

Military spending is being used as a "political football" in Congress, and that has to stop, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Wednesday.

"Everybody agrees we need to do better by the military," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. 

"You have got some Republicans who say, 'I will vote for more military spending, if you cut other spending because I'm worried about the deficit.' You have Democrats who say, 'I will support the military if you increase other spending.'"

As a result, "the military is in the middle as a political football," and members of the military are being lost in training accidents because "planes can't fly, ships can't sail."

"They're not getting training they need," said Thornberry. "It has got to start."

The House Tuesday night passed a stopgap spending bill extending most government funding at current levels until March 23 while lifting budget caps to provide $659 billion for the Pentagon through Sept. 30.

The move came after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified Tuesday, before Thornberry's committee, that the United States could face greater security risks if a House budget proposal does not include full funding for the Pentagon, according to the Washington Examiner. 

He also slammed lawmakers for failing to pass budgets in a timely manner.

Mattis has credibility, Thornberry said, because he "just talks it like it is."

In 2017, he continued, the United States lost 21 service members in hostile action but 80 in training accidents.

"Where we lost so many sailors in those accidents out in the Pacific, some of those sailors were working 100 hours a week," said Thornberry.

"Some of them didn't even know how to work the controls in front of them because they hadn't gotten training they needed. Is that the human cost? It is loss of life, it is injuries because we're not doing best we can for our military."

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