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Brooks announces opposition to defense cuts

Congressman Mo Brooks speaking on the House floor.

Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced on social media that he will, “Oppose any attempts to cut defense spending.”

“Socialist Democrats aim to slash national security funding in favor of welfare spending in the national defense authorization,” Brooks said. “‪Defense & national security = federal government’s #1 priority.”

“‪As a House Armed Services Committee member, I’ll oppose any attempts to cut defense spending,” Brooks said.

Brooks cited an article in Defense News in which a number of key members of the House Progressive Caucus proposed defense cuts.

The 29 House Democrats wrote in a letter: “Right now, the coronavirus is our greatest adversary. It has killed more than 90,000 Americans, far surpassing the number of casualties during the Vietnam War. America needs a coronavirus cure, not more war. We need more testing, not more bombs.”

The Trump administration has greatly increased Defense spending as part of President Donald J. Trump’s Make America Great Again Agenda. While the two parties have been wildly divided on: taxes, deregulation, immigration reform, and border security, .even going so far as to impeach Pres. Trump without any Republican support; the House has been solidly behind the ramp up in Defense spending. Last week’s letter indicates that the bipartisan support for the Pentagon may be coming to an end. This could make it much more difficult to pass the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Mo Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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