Congress, Texas, Senate discussed on Washington Today


Of short term bills the congress has passed is hurting national security and military readiness the chair of the house armed services committee is congressman mac thornberry republican of texas my sense is that they are very close to a budget agreement uh and that uh in the end and and i'll just say the secretaries were very clear and direct about the imperative of getting a budget agreement in place so that we have no we can in this series of crs and uh threats of shutdown it turns out we have been over the last nine years we have been operating under a cr for more than a third of the time that's three years out of the last nine we have operated ponder under a cr so i think it is very close the big question is will there especially be some folks in the senate who hold that deal hostage to other issues and i saw reports that some democratic senators were saying that dhaka was no longer linked to the budget deal i hope that's the case we need to about we need to do the right thing for the military on its own merits and then do the right thing on daca and border security on its own merits and linking these things together has had the effect of holding the military hostage to another political agenda and natural uh one last point 'cause i'm on a roll we lost twenty three service members to hostile actions in two thousand seventeen we lost four times more than that to training related accidents.

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