Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Mattis to Congress: I'm wasting my time if you don't pass budget

US 'needs to upgrade its nukes to eliminate nuclear weapons,' says Defence Sec. Jim Mattis Mattis to Congress: I'm wasting my time if you don't pass budget
Ellis Copeland | 08 February, 2018, 13:13

Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) dubbed Mattis' accusatory testimony as the "clearest, most direct bluntest statement I have heard from any administration witness" about the importance of stable military funding in a budget deal.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers on Tuesday that he was wasting time outlining military strategies while Congress fails to provide the funding to carry them out.

"We need Congress to lift the defense spending caps and support a two-year budget agreement for our military", Mattis told reporters.

Smith added the United States can not continue to operate on "wasteful continuing resolutions" and pushed lawmakers to find a way to eliminate sequestration and the mandatory budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

When asked about the effects of a government shutdown on the military, Mattis said it would be "very damaging".

"We want to show (Americans) how the military is relevant to their everyday lives; we want to show how innovative the military is and how we are a force for good", she said on the Pentagon's website. "Today's congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way of life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation". "The military is not President Trump's personal toy set".

"It is morally wrong to send courageous men and women out on missions under any strategy for which they are not fully trained, equipped and supported with the best that this country can provide", he said.

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But Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking minority member, didn't take kindly to Mattis' criticism. "That support should not be conditioned on any other issue" such as spending on domestic programs.

Smith went on to note the numerous other agencies that contribute to national security that would be funded by a continuing resolution should the House proposal become law.

"To those who might suggest that we should accept a year-long continuing resolution, it would mean a return to the disastrous sequestration level of funding for the military", the defense secretary said. "Defense is incredibly important".

Mattis said if the government shuts down, all nonuniformed personnel will be sent home, with a few exceptions for critical areas.

"You are going to gut everything else [outside the Defense Department] ... and if you gut everything else you create problems", he said. "It's not the only thing important in keeping the peace".

"Our military has been operating under debilitating continuing resolutions for more than 1,000 days during the last decade", Mattis continued, adding that, in an increasingly risky world, failure to implement or fund the 2018 National Defense Strategy could leave the US with a force "that could dominate the last war, yet be irrelevant to tomorrow's security".

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