As we have noted here and at other places….
The Republican House Speaker HAS his work cut for him….
Defense Budget cuts for the next budget ain’t gonna be easy….
Especially with supporting the Ukrainbe War and worries about China and Taiwan…..
Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) signaled his support Sunday for some cuts in defense spending amid growing tension within the House GOP ranks over the party’s approach to a coming debt limit fight.
During an appearance on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo asked McCarthy if he was willing to cut defense spending as part of a reported deal within the GOP caucus to freeze spending at 2022 levels.
McCarthy disputed estimates that such a deal would result in a $75 billion cut to defense spending, while also signaling his support for targeted cuts.
“If we go back to ’22 levels, that was what we were spending just two or three weeks ago. That’s not cutting defense by $75 billion,” McCarthy told Bartiromo….
That would effectively cut $75 billion from the $857 billion defense budget in fiscal 2023.
Multiple GOP lawmakers have spoken out against potential cuts to military spending, with Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales (R) saying earlier this month that it was a “horrible idea,” citing the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and other foreign threats.
“When you have aggressive Russia and Ukraine, you’ve got a growing threat of China in the Pacific, how am I going to look at our allies in the eye and say, ‘I need you to increase your defense budget, but yet America is going to decrease ours?’ ” Gonzales said…
The Defense Bill is ALSO a jobs bill…..
Those jobs are spread ACROSS the states…….
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