One of the advantages the Democrats have experienced for many years on the Republicans is that they have more legislative and cultural courage in the sense that regardless of how absurd, no matter how left-wing, no matter how unpopular their actions are, they adhere to their guns.
Whereas some Republicans, other than the president, sniff the slightest whiff of political grapeshot and fold like an inexpensive card dining table.
So it was on Monday, because the House Armed Services Committee unanimously passed its version of the defense cover 2021. Democrat and Republican House members passed the$740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a 56-0 vote on Wednesday.
When you see a unanimous vote on the Hill, given the above reason, you can bet the GOP surrendered. That’s what happened here on the renaming of Army posts currently named for Confederate generals.
The bill underwent a 14-hour mark-up session before reaching its final form in the House. Republican committee members voted because of this even though the president already said he’d veto it because of the post renaming provision.
Granted, no matter what the Republicans did the Democrat bill would pass the committee and the full House, as the Democrats have the votes to complete it.
So probably the GOP just wanted to have a race hustling target off its straight back. But folding like that only tells the Democrats the GOP doesn’t have the guts to operate for it self —as has happened again and again— and will be simpler to roll the very next time around.
To understand this done liberal lawmakers in both the House and Senate reportedly used the recent nationwide violent riots to shame the GOP. The nervous and weak GOP caved. “If there was ever a moment in American history to fundamentally alter our national priorities, now is the time,” said Vermont socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.
The House bill includes the demand for the Department of Defense to rename the bases and other military properties within one year. The Senate’s version of the budget features a similar policy, although it provides Pentagon 3 years to make the change. Recalling Stockholm Syndrome, the GOP crowed about their surrender.
This week, the Senate considers the 60th bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act.
The FY2021 NDAA:
✓ Provides for national defense
✓ Gives military personnel a 3% pay raise
✓ Keeps America ahead of China and Russia
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— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) July 1, 2020
The House bill also includes a ban on Confederate flags on all defense properties. The committee also denied the amendment to curtail the Insurrection Act, which President Trump threatened to invoke at the peak of the violent rioting last month.
As the country continues to deal with the pandemic, the bill would give $1 billion to the Pentagon’s pandemic preparedness fund.
Last year’s fight over Pentagon funding being used for the southern border wall resurfaced and also this year’s bill puts a $100 million cap on emergency usage of military construction funding for domestic projects. This impedes the president’s program—and the GOP went for it.
The bill also includes an amendment to place limits on potential troop withdrawals from Africa, South Korea, Afghanistan and Germany. Again, impeding the president with Republican help.
This piece was compiled by PoliZette Staff on July 7, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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