Jim Jordan confirms that Kevin McCarthy put the U.S. military on the budget block.
by The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, January 8, 2023
As we reported Saturday, Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s deal with GOP dissenters puts defense spending on the chopping block. No less than Rep. Jim Jordan, spiritual leader of the House Freedom Caucus, confirmed this in response to a question from host Shannon Bream on Fox News Sunday.
“We got a $32 trillion debt. Everything has to be on the table,” Mr. Jordan said. He said the Pentagon should focus on money for the troops and cut the general staff.
“Maybe if we focused on that, helping the troops who do so much of the work out there for our great country, and maybe focus on getting rid of all the woke policies in our military, we’d have the money we need to make sure our troops get the pay raise they deserve, we have the weapons systems and the training that needs to be done, so we’re ready to deal with our adversaries around the planet, that’s what we want to focus on,” Mr. Jordan said.
If Congress wants to cut general officer and PR jobs, and reform military healthcare and pensions, by all means go for it. The latter two are where some money is, but neither is likely to happen this Congress. Woke training is a matter of culture, not money.
The reality is that if defense is cut, what will go first is spending for operations and maintenance to sustain military readiness, as well as money for the weapons to deter China. If the GOP rebels honor their demand for “regular order,” defense hawks may have more votes. But it’s worrisome that some Republicans are joining the progressive calls to shrink the military when the world grows more dangerous.