House Votes to Increase Military Spending; Mitt Romney Says He Doesn't Remember Bullying Fellow Student In High School
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâm Rob Lorei. Thereâs a debate in Congress about military spending. Weâll talk about that and we'll talk about Mitt Romney's comments about the Washington Post report saying he bullied a fellow student while in boarding school.
But first- two listener comments about yesterdayâs programâon which we heard listeners' reaction to President Obamaâs coming out in support of gay marriage. Hereâs what two listeners had to say.
The Associated Press is reporting that in Washington- the House Armed Services Committee overwhelmingly backed a $642 billion defense bill yesterday that calls for construction of a missile defense site on the East Coast, restores aircraft and ships slated for early retirement, and ignores the Pentagonâs cost-saving request for another round of domestic base closings.
Despite the clamor for fiscal discipline, the committee crafted a military spending blueprint thatâs $8 billion more than the level President Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to last summer in the deficit-cutting law. The panel vote was 56-5.
Hours after the vote, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the panelâs additions ignored the careful strategic review that was the basis for the 2013 budget proposal. They warned that if the Pentagon is prevented from retiring aging ships and aircraft or reducing the size of the force, it might have to cut training or equipment.
âIf members try to restore their favorite programs without regard to an overall strategy, the cuts will have to come from areas that could impact overall readiness.ââ Panetta told reporters. âThere is no free lunch here. Every dollar that is added will have to be offset by cuts in national security.ââ
Representative Howard âBuckââ McKeon, Republican of California, who is chairman of the committee, said in a statement that the legislation meets his goal of âkeeping faith with Americanâs men and women in uniform; restoring fiscal sanity to a defense budget that is inconsistent with the threats America faces; and rebuilding a force after a decade of war.ââcomments powered by Disqus