Watch as Senate Democrats point at laugh at the House Armed Services panel’s Defense authorization bill that would hike Pentagon spending by $5 billion.
Because, see, what we need now is to pour more cash into the Afghanistan war, which is exactly what Chairman Buck McKeon’s (R-Calif.) legislation would do. Republicans want to “make up for cuts to training and maintenance” due to that thing we all love to hate called “sequestration.”
Yes, the party that hates spending wants to spend– spend– an additional five. Billion. Dollars.
The sweeping Pentagon policy bill pushes back on a number of administration proposals and priorities.
The measure includes restrictions on transferring Guantánamo detainees to the United States, which President Obama proposed to re-start last month as he looks to close the prison. The bill also included funding for new barracks at Guantánamo to replace temporary facilities.
The committee rejected base closures and new healthcare fees for a second straight year, and also said no to a smaller pay raise for troops… On sexual assault, an issue that has generated a host of attention in recent weeks, the bill strips commanders’ ability to overturn guilty verdicts and establishes minimum sentencing guidelines for sexual assault cases.
It does not, however, go as far as some lawmakers are proposing to remove the decision to prosecute sexual assault cases from the chain of command.
Did I say that thing we all love to hate is called “sequestration”? I meant “the GOP.”