Congressman Mike Spence.
Military spending bills should be about military spending and nothing else. This legislation fails that test.
“Before us today is a $75 billion spending bill. But less than half of this legislation will be used to support the Defense Department’s war operations. Less than half. The military funding measure will spend almost $5 billion, supposedly on a temporary bailout for Federal Pell Grant programs. This so-called military funding measure will spend $50 million on the Port of Guam and $18 million for emergency re-forestation and $15 million for a highway safety study. This military funding measure will also even spend, as we’ve heard in earlier debate, $10 billion on teacher jobs.
“Now, I have been married, as of a month ago, for 25 years to a teacher. I support teachers. I believe education is a state and local function. But anyone else remember that we just spent $53 billion in supposedly one-time spending for education in the president’s failed stimulus bill?
“And now, on the backs of our soldiers, comes another $10 billion that has to be appropriated to save teachers’ jobs. We can do better, men and women. To top it all off, $63 billion isn’t even paid for. Just more deficits and more debt. One of the ways the Democrats are saving a little money here is by $3 billion in cuts to the Defense Department.
“We can do better. Our soldiers deserve better.