Military spending bills should be about military spending and nothing else. This legislation fails that test.

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.

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