Republicans Try To Block Funding For Our Troops

by Ben Hoffman

Senate Republicans failed early Friday in their bid to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move designed to delay President Obama’s health-care legislation.

On a 63 to 33 vote, Democrats cleared a key hurdle that should allow them to approve the must-pass military spending bill Saturday and return to the health-care debate. After years of criticizing Democrats for not supporting the troops, just three Republicans supported the military funding.


If the filibuster on the $626 billion defense bill had succeeded, Democrats would have had to scramble to find a way to fund the military operations, because a stopgap funding measure for the Pentagon will expire at midnight Friday. Such an effort to come up with another stopgap defense bill might have disrupted the very tight timeline on health care.


Democrats were furious at the filibuster attempt on Pentagon funds. “They are prepared to jeopardize funding for troops at war,” Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday evening. “If Democrats did that, there would be cries of treason.”


Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates sent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a blistering letter Thursday warning of a “serious disruption” in the military’s ability to pay troops. “It is inconceivable to me that such a situation would be permitted to occur with U.S. forces actively deployed in combat,” Gates wrote.


Everything is politics for Republicans. They were prepared to block funding for the two wars they’re responsible for, just to delay health insurance reform. Their only concern is the next election and trying to regain power and they’re willing to sacrifice our troops to achieve that goal.


3 Comments to “Republicans Try To Block Funding For Our Troops”

  1. Yeah, and the Democrats will sacrifice you and me to retain their power.
    Gee, that’s special.

  2. I’m always suspect of these kind of headlines. I don’t think there’s any person in America not wanting to give their troops more, or at the very least, what they need.

    I’ve read about trickery with these types of bills. The title of the bill may be something like, “kevlar vests for troops” yet it’s padded with a whole bunch of freebies and unrelated things which are snuck in, like airport runways and wooden arrows.

    I haven’t read the reasons why Republicans voted against the bill, but could it be for reasons such as this?

  3. The bill that Republicans rallied against did contain additional “special interest” padding. The reason these funds were attached was so Democrats avoided directly increasing the deficit in front of the public. Instead, they were hidden in a special bill to fund the war where a loopole protects the add-on’s. To state that the Republican’s were trying to block prudent and appropriate spending is not factual reporting.
    Ben, stop this foolishness! You are not attracting any Mental Giants who can further the cause of the extreme left. If anything, you are proving that as a large predator, you want easy kills because your time to retreat draws near.

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