The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says he opposes proposals by progressive Democrats to cut the Pentagon budget by as much as 20% if that party takes the House, Senate and White House on Election Day.
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., said he is “open to debate” on the subject of Defense Department funding but favors a flat budget or slight reductions over massive cuts designed to shift money to other federal programs.
Smith said the Democrats need a strategy that upholds national security to justify any reductions in defense spending. “It can’t just be, ‘Well, I’d like to spend the money elsewhere,'” Smith told reporters during a virtual meeting Wednesday. “I want a conversation about what’s the strategy, what’s the plan, going forward. And yeah, I see a big fight coming.”
WNU Editor: If the Democrats sweep the election credit for it (and the power that will come with it) will go to the progressive wing of the party. This proposed 20% will happen, regardless on the domestic and geopolitical impact that it will have, or opposition from Democrat’s like Rep. Adam Smith.