The bipartisan passage of the defense bill was vetoed by our small minded president so our troops are once again disrespected by their Commander in Chief. Pitiful and disgraceful! Obama basically threatened to veto this bill if the support for closing GITMO wasn’t there. Now we have 120,000 troops cut at the worst time possible!
Lawmakers are lashing out at the Obama administration for vetoing on Thursday a major defense spending bill that would provide the U.S. military with a pay raise.
While the House and Senate approved the massive defense bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Obama vetoed it Thursday afternoon over a passage that would prevent terrorist detainees held at Guantanamo Bay from being transferred to the United States.
The NDAA also provides funding to most American military operations and defense efforts across the globe, including efforts to battle the Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups. Future funding for these operations will be stalled until Obama decides to approve the legislation.
The White House and congressional Democrats also have opposed the legislation because it would provide an additional $38 billion boost to U.S. defense efforts, which they claim surpasses previously approved budgets caps.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R., Fla.) slammed the White House and Obama in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon.
“During these perilous times, the last thing we need is uncertainty surrounding the funding of our national security priorities,” Buchanan said. “Our soldiers are not props for a press release—they deserve to be properly funded and supported by our country.
ARMY FIRES 120,000 AMID BUDGET CUTS
The Army has disclosed that it has cut 80,000 soldiers since 2010 and plans to reduce the force by another 40,000 by the end of 2017, bringing the total active number of troops to 450,000, according to a report to Congress that was recently released under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
“Nearly every Army installation will experience reductions of some size,” according to the report, which was obtained and released by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
It warns of a “permanent reduction of sizable numbers of members of the Armed Forces,” which translates to a 21 percent total cut across the board.
“Significant structure cuts at overseas installations have already occurred,” according to the report.
The Army will be forced to further cut its budget in 2018 and beyond, according to the report
“These force structure reductions and the resulting impacts on installation populations could be significant to both military communities and to the defense posture of our nation.”
At least six Army installations will see their forces cut by more than 1,000 soldiers, according to the report. These include Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort Hood in Texas, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, and Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
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