Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Republicans Gut Biden’s Trans Extremism in Woke-Crushing Military Bill; ‘Woke’ Pentagon in the Crosshairs: GOP Wields Leverage in Spending, Policy Bills'

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Republicans Gut Biden’s Trans Extremism in Woke-Crushing Military Bill:
Most veterans are horrified the words even have to be uttered, but apparently, nothing’s off limits under President Joe Biden’s radical excuse for Pentagon leadership.
“DRAG SHOWS HAVE NO PLACE IN OUR MILITARY,” Rep. Mark Alford, R-Mo., tweeted in all caps—not for the first time. “How many times do we have to say it?”
Several, it appears. But thanks to House and Senate Republicans, the GOP is doing more than saying it. They’re fighting it.
In the first major showdown over Biden’s wildly woke policy, conservatives came out swinging with amendments to gut the extreme ideology infecting our ranks.
“I think it’s time for us to do something, to make our voice known that … we will not let this happen in the U.S. military,” Alford insisted during the House Armed Services Committee’s mark-up session for the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. “Woke ideology [has] no place in our military. Zero. Bupkis. That’s not the way to recruit.”
Of course, if you asked Army Secretary Christine Wormuth (who said last October that she wasn’t even sure “what ‘woke’ means”), she’d tell you that it isn’t the radicalization of the military that’s hurting recruitment—it’s the people pointing out the radicalization of the military who are.
“That drip, drip, drip of criticism about a ‘woke’ military is having some counterproductive effects on recruiting, Wormuth said. ” … We are a ready Army, not a ‘woke’ Army.”
Call it what you want, Republicans say, but whatever it is, it’s incapable of finding and retaining good men and women to serve. --->READ MORE HERE
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‘Woke’ Pentagon in the crosshairs: GOP wields leverage in spending, policy bills:
Conservatives have singled out a host of left-wing “woke” policies that they say have taken hold in the military under President Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Now, handed some real leverage in the ongoing 2024 spending negotiations on Capitol Hill, it’s time for congressional Republicans to decide which of those policies to aggressively target and which ones they can grit their teeth and live with.
From taxpayer-funded travel for abortions to critical race theory at military academies to the Pentagon‘s promotion of electric-powered vehicles, the House GOP has produced a wish list of liberal social policies they’d like to eliminate or scale back through the defense budget process, now underway in both chambers of Congress. Many of the so-called woke policies would seemingly be red lines for Democrats, who control the Senate and White House, and theoretically could block any and all of the Republicans’ demands.
But recent history suggests that the GOP can get at least some of what it wants. Last year, President Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress acquiesced to one of Republicans’ highest-profile priorities: An elimination of the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate that was responsible for kicking out of the armed forces more than 8,000 troops who refused to get the shot.
Most Democrats initially stood firmly behind the policy but eventually signed on to the massive National Defense Authorization Act that scrapped it. The about-face came as public opinion seemed to turn against the mandate and as more and more service members were booted from the ranks despite the Pentagon battling its worst recruiting crisis in 50 years.
The NDAA, considered one of the few annual must-pass measures lawmakers consider, has become a policy battlefield for both parties, with measures that stand little chance of passing partisan muster on their own folded into a giant spending and policy package that even presidents are reluctant to veto.
Democrats have used the NDAA for their purposes as well — the measure that forced the Pentagon to strip the names of Confederate generals from military and installations around the country was a policy rider on the FY2021 NDAA that was passed over then-President Trump’s veto.
Analysts say that history could repeat itself this year, at least to some degree. They say that it’s clear Republicans won’t get all of the demands they’ve made in spending documents produced by the House Appropriations and Armed Services committees. But this is likely the best opportunity they’ll have for at least another year. --->READ MORE HERE
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