Republicans Poised to Slam Obama on Defense
Republicans are likely to pounce on the Pentagon’s $34 billion list of unfunded priorities as evidence that President Barack Obama is intentionally underfunding the military.
The Pentagon released the list late Thursday, with breakdowns of each service’s wish list for additional funds to pay for training and personnel costs, facility modernization and weapons modernization. Also included, were lists from most of the major military commands and the National Guard.
“Budget discipline in the services had gone the way of the gooney bird – it is extinct,” said Gordon Adams, a budget expert with Stimson Center in Washington, a non-partisan think tank. “Even with the secretary’s disclaimer, these should never have been sent forward. Bottom line: they are not going to be funded, but this is politics, not a budget process.”
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