The Hill: Republicans furious at leaked Pentagon memo
Republicans are fuming after an internal Pentagon memo that outlines the department's strategies to oppose annual defense policy and spending bills was released Monday.
“For this administration, it's always politics first, even at the Pentagon,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a written statement. “This memo details with relish a plan to use a presidential veto of a defense bill as a 'weapon.'”
The five-page memo was written in May and talks about the Pentagon’s plan to “play hardball” in opposing the House’s defense funding plans.
At issue is how the House bills would use a war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account to get around budget caps. A portion of the war fund would be used for base budget items, leaving the OCO account dry by April and forcing the next president to request supplemental funding.
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WNU Editor: The 5 page memo is here.
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