Are military funding cuts on Dems' agenda?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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U.S. Marine unitWith Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Americans can expect to hear in the coming weeks and months about cuts to military funding. That's according to a GOP member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Speaking on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" on Monday, Representative Don Bacon (R-Nebraska) said it will be more difficult next year to rebuild the nation's military with Democrats holding the majority in the House.

"The Democratic leadership in the Armed Services Committee has been resistant on the 10-percent increase that we gave the defense budget," he said. "They pushed back – and really they want that money spent towards other domestic programs and social kinds of programs. But we cut the military 18 percent for 2010 [and] we put 10 percent in last year. So we restored 60 percent of those cuts. It took a lot of work to do that, but the leadership pushed back a little bit."

Bacon went on to say that what really worries him is that Democrats want to reduce America's nuclear capabilities.

"They want to get rid of our nuclear ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] and there are some other things they want to do; [for example] they want to push back on Space Force," he continued. "It's going to be more gridlock for sure. Thankfully we have the Senate and the president that will probably push back on a Nancy Pelosi national strategic policy."

Bacon's fellow Armed Services Committee member, Congressman Jim Banks (R-Indiana), has expressed his own concerns about Democrats being in control come January 2019 – particularly their pledge to launch numerous investigations into the Trump administration.

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