Congress’s Deep Hypocrisy on Defense Spending

By Bonnie Kristian, March 17, 2016

With the national debt officially over $19 trillion, you’d think the Republican-controlled Congress would finally begin to make good on all that talk about cutting spending and shrinking government. One easy option to get them started can be found in the Department of Defense’s recently released 2017 budget proposal: Shut down unnecessary military bases that are costing Americans big money without making us any safer.

The Pentagon has been begging to close excess facilities for years, but Congress has repeatedly nixed the Pentagon’s requests to begin a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the process by which unnecessary bases would be shut down. In the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed at the end of last year, Congress even added language to  the Department of Defense from putting any money toward the effort.

Bonnie Kristian is a fellow at Defense Priorities, a contributing writer for The Week, and a columnist at Rare.

This piece was originally published by TIME on March 17, 2016. Read more HERE

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