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."