The Fight for a Military Budget That Works

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The Fight for a Military Budget That Works

Congress is dodging bullets by shooting them across the aisles in a knock-down-drag-out budget fight from the House to the Senate. And it’s all over the U.S. Military- the NDAA.

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(Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

The Senate version of the defense bill removes Military service families of any extra money they might have pocketed from military housing stipends, according to the Marine Corps Times. Their version of “tightening the belt” could prove difficult for military families.

The House version of the bill adds money to the Military budget in an effort to add more troops and more equipment by reallocating wartime funds for basic needs. That move is a gamble for the next President, who will have to figure out how to make it work.

The Senate version cuts the budget even more than the President requested…by about $1.7 Billion, according to DefenseOne.

The fight is a loud one. The Senate Appropriations committee passed the proposal 30-0, sending it to the Senate Floor, where it will be in for a fight.

DefenseOne reported,

The bill, as passed in the Appropriations Defense subcommittee on Tuesday, recommended more than 450 specific budget cuts totaling $15.1 billion and reallocates that money to buy items on the services’ “unfunded priorities” lists, according to a committee fact sheet. The bill increases funding for readiness and operation and maintenance accounts, plus shipbuilding and aircraft procurement.

It adds $1 billion to build a heavy polar icebreaker, as some lawmakers see an urgent need to compete with Russia and other nations in the Arctic.

Battleground: Military

Senator Harry Reid, who says he wants to read the whole 1,600 page bill, effectively thwarted any movement on the bill prior to the Memorial Day holiday.  Senator Tom Cotton said the Reid had “corrosive leadership” and remarked that the last bill he read was probably “an electric bill.”

There will be no easy consensus trying to get military spending through Congress. The House and Senate are light-years apart in methodology, and Obama threatened to veto the House version, as we previously reported.

At a time when parts are in short supply and our military services are struggling to maintain aircraft and manpower, it’s time to stop fighting each other and come up with a viable answer.

 

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