Republicans seek to tie military funding cuts to Syria intervention debate

September 8, 2013

Republicans on Sunday sought to tie recent military funding cuts to the current debate over authorizing military force in Syria in response to that government's alleged use of chemical weapons on its own citizens.

"The president in the last couple years has done the surge in Afghanistan while cutting the military budget, flew missions over Libya while cutting the military budget, changed to a Pacific strategy while cutting the military budget and now this," House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We're asking them to do more with less."

Congress's inability to agree to a budget deal last year set in motion the across-the-board spending cuts under sequestration that have affected many agencies as well as the Defense Department.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) echoed McKeon's argument on CNN, saying "repeatedly this president is saying do more with less even to the point that the day before he starts saying let's go to war with Syria, he cuts their pay."

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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