Thornberry Invokes Clinton, Obama and Kerry in Defense of Policy Bill

By Wilkes, David | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, July 7, 2016 | Go to article overview

Thornberry Invokes Clinton, Obama and Kerry in Defense of Policy Bill


Wilkes, David, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee defended his committee's version of the defense policy bill Thursday by invoking three former senators who have used a similar controversial funding technique: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Kerry.

The fiscal 2009 National Defense Authorization Act was signed knowing that the overseas contingency operations budget would be underfunded, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, pointed out. The $612.5 billion budget offered $542.5 billion for the base budget and only $70 billion for the war chest, underfunding operations in Iraq and Afghanistan while avoiding a Department of Defense budget crisis.

This year, Congress faces the same issue of either fully funding base requirements or fully funding the overseas contingency operations account.

The House is pursuing a fully funded base budget, giving $543.4 billion in base funding and $35.7 billion in the war chest. It means that overseas funding will run out by April, forcing the next president and Congress to extend the funding for the rest of the year. …

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