No wonder the President is so unpopular with service members — he doesn’t want to fund them!
The commander-in-chief isn’t doing much to improve his measly 15% approval rating with troops now that he’s threatening to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Although the measure passed the Senate earlier today 70-27, it fell a few votes shy of a veto-proof majority in the House last week when it passed 270-156.
Under the latest version of the NDAA, the Defense Department would get a modest boost in funding after being cut back to bare bones during sequestration, keep Guantanamo Bay open for detainees, and allow base commanders to carry weapons in light of the horrible tragedy in Chattanooga.
This week, the White House threatened to break out the President’s veto pen for just the fifth time in seven years, insisting that the plan to stop cutting soldiers and rebuild the military is “an irresponsible way to fund out national defense priorities.”
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who, like every Republican, is committed to fighting for the bill, fired back, “If the President vetoes the NDAA, at this time of mounting global threats, he will be prioritizing politics and process over the security of our nation and the well-being of our armed forces.”
Then, to his Democratic colleagues, he warned, “Don’t say you support the men and women in uniform, come to the floor and say that, and then vote against this bill.” With a nuclear Iran on the horizon and the rest of the world on edge, is the President really willing to risk national security to advance his own agenda? All signs point to yes.
Taking aim at the White House’s other compromises, Rep. Thornberry could only shake his head. “The only redline the President is willing to enforce is vetoing the bill that pays our troops. Is that the legacy he really seeks?” For now, we continue to stand with the Republicans — who are working to repair the deep damage Obama’s military policies have done.
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