McConnell: Democrats Using Troops As A Reason To Spend More Elsewhere

The Democrats are using an extra $38 billion in war funding included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), meant to help the Defense Department as a reason to argue that any increase in defense spending should be matched by an equal increase in non-defense spending. As a result, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Democrats of treating soldiers as chess pieces in a larger fight over an annual defense policy bill.

McConnell stated "Democrat leaders think it’s a good idea to hold brave servicemen and brave servicewomen hostage to partisan demands for more waste at the IRS and bigger congressional office budgets for themselves. They're our neighbors. They're our friends. They're our daughters. They're our sons. They’re not chess pieces for Democrat leaders to wield in some partisan game." On the other hand, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fired back that "all 45 members of the Democratic caucus care about the military. We're not trying to kill this bill. We care about the military, but we care about other things that lead to the security of the nation."

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