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Prominent Dem Sees ‘Big Fight Coming' Over Dems' Attempt to Slash Defense Budget

Added 10-22-20 03:20:03pm EST - “A prominent Democratic congressman said he sees a "big fight coming" over Democrats' attempts to slash the defense budget, American Military News reported Thursday.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Prominent Dem Sees 'Big Fight Coming' Over Dems' Attempt to Slash Defense Budget - Washington Free Beacon”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A prominent Democratic congressman said he sees a "big fight coming" over Democrats' attempts to slash the defense budget, American Military News reported Thursday.

Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.), who chairs the powerful House Armed Services Committee, made the prediction Wednesday in a call with reporters. He said that many of his fellow Democrats have made "an aggressive push" to cut military spending by as much as 20 percent, while many Republicans just want to "spend more money."

The armed services committee first marks up and drafts the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets forth the annual military budget. While Democrats already control the committee, they have been divided on military spending.

Left-wing Democrats have proposed shrinking the defense budget in an attempt to "defund the Pentagon" and redirecting the money toward social services.

In the call, Smith distanced himself from more radical members of his party. "There has to be national security policy behind the cuts," he said. "It can't just be ‘I want to spend money elsewhere because I don't like the Defense Department.'"

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