Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said, "Threats to the country do not shut down" in response to tweets President Donald Trump wrote early Tuesday morning, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.
Trump voiced his frustration with getting a spending bill passed in Congress when he suggested on Twitter, "Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!" Trump has criticized the process in the Senate which requires 60 votes for legislation to pass, a rule that's caused numerous items in his agenda to be stalled or scaled back.
Trump signed a temporary spending bill on Friday that funds the government through Friday, May 6. Congress is currently working to agree on a spending bill to fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year which ends Sept. 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Thornberry said he shared the president's frustration over the legislative process, but defended the pledge the government made to the nation's military when they enlisted in service to protect the country.
"It would be better for the country if the Pentagon and the military do not shut down at any point because the threats to the country do not shut down," Thornberry told the newspaper. "I think my impression is the president is frustrated with the legislative process, especially in the other body, and I share that frustration for sure."
"But, when men and women volunteer to risk their lives to defend us, we have a moral obligation to support them in every way possible," he added.
Thornberry explained a partial shutdown could have an affect on the Pentagon and the military, but the Examiner stated the work of essential defense and military employees would continue.
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