Sunday, November 1, 2015
By Paul Martin

Congressman: ‘Absolutely abhorrent that president plays politics with armed services’

Oct. 31, 2015

A leading congressional voice on military readiness is slamming President Obama’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act as an act of “disrespect” to the U.S. military, believes the move could hurt the armed forces and suggests the president doesn’t really understand the legislative process when it comes to national security.

Obama recent vetoed the $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, over his frustrations on budgeting and not enough attention on his priorities.

“Let’s have a budget that properly funds our national security as well as economic security. Let’s make sure we’re able, in a constructive way, to reform our military spending to make it sustainable over the long term,” said Obama when he vetoed the bill on Oct. 22.

He also made a pitch for some of his priorities.

“Let’s make sure, in a responsible way, we can draw down the populations in Guantanamo, make sure that the American people are safe and make sure we’re not providing the kind of recruitment tools to terrorists that are so dangerous,” added Obama.

Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., is chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness. He said despite the president’s rhetoric, the members of the U.S. military are the ones truly hampered by this veto.

“It’s a direct, I think, disrespect shown to our men and women in uniform to say, ‘I don’t support the efforts that need to be put forward for our nation’s military,” said Wittman, who added that Obama’s actions are based on simple politics.

“I think it’s absolutely abhorrent that the president decides to play politics with the armed services, especially the raises that are in there for our brave men and women in uniform, the dollars that go to restore readiness, which we know has been degrading on a significant scale, and making sure we have the proper training, proper equipping of our forces, to make sure we’re modernizing our forces,” Wittman said.

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