GOP Trying To Defund The Military?

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( – House Republican Whip Tom Emmer on Monday has responded to the latest White House claims that the GOP is trying to “defund” the military. According to Fox News, Emmer called the statements of the Biden administration “peddling lies” and said that the administration was just looking to use this as a distraction tactic. With the GOP in control of the House, the White House will have to face more investigations as the House Republicans have promised to strictly overlook spending.

Despite this, the White House claims about the Republican party looking to “defund” the military has generated some buzz. A previous Fox News report quoted Rep. Jim Jordan, (R-OH), who reportedly said “everything” should be under consideration due to the need to reduce government spending. However, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates specifically told the outlet that should the GOP choose to “defund” the military, both the security of the nation and the American people would be at risk.

The 118th Congress has just started and Republicans are expected to come to an agreement about how overall spending should be capped or limited. This is a particularly important topic for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy who made a number of concessions in order to appease the GOP defectors keeping him from winning the Speakership. One of these concessions included capping discretionary spending at the FY 2022 levels for the next decade.

This led to concerns that military funding would be reduced, with Tony Gonzales (R-TX) voting against the new rules package this past week as a result. But some other Republicans have pushed back against the idea that defense spending cuts are even on the table. In a Twitter post, Rep Chip Roy (R-TX) slammed the “big spending neocons & the military industrial complex” for blowing things out of proportion, claiming that defense cuts weren’t discussed.

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