House Speaker John Boehner has issued a strongly worded warning against Democrats who plan to block the military spending bill before the Senate.
In a video posted on YouTube, the Ohio Republican said that Democrats were more willing to shut down the government than to approve a pay raise for American troops.
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"We live in a dangerous world, and whatever our troops need, they should get. And they ought to get a raise too," Boehner said in his statement.
"But now the Democrats are playing politics. They don’t want to support a raise for our troops until they get more spending on their big government programs. And the president has actually threatened to veto the bill."
He said that he understands that Democrats want more domestic spending, but it should not get in the way of fulfilling responsibility to support the military.
"Our troops come first. Save the politics for another day."
Republicans and Democrats are at loggerheads over the military spending bill and could be headed for a government shutdown, and both sides are blaming each other for the impasse.
According to The Hill
, Democrats are intent on forcing Republicans to roll back plans to increase defense spending without a commensurate increase in nondefense programs. They are threatening to block all annual spending bills unless GOP agrees to a budget summit.
Republicans insist they will not be influenced by the Democrats' demands or submit to a budget summit. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, meanwhile, has largely persuaded his party to block the $576 billion defense funding bill, sources told Politico.
"Democrats once thought it was insanely radical for Republicans to oppose too much spending, but now think it's perfectly reasonable to shut down the government when the spending bills don't spend enough," Boehner said in a statement Monday, according to The Hill.
Democrats, however, are pointing the finger at Republicans and say their opponents have the most to lose.
"We're headed for another shutdown," Reid said last week. "They did it once, and they're going to do it again."
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