Retired General Challenges GOP’s Pro-Military Image Amid Funding Debate
As the House GOP remains divided over efforts to fund the government through the next fiscal year, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling is challenging Republicans’ traditional assertion as the pro-military political party.
Republicans Halt Vote on Defense Funding Bill
Five Republican lawmakers on Tuesday halted a vote on their party’s own bill, joining all Democrats in the House to sink legislation that would fund the Department of Defense (DoD). The appropriations bill was the first of several that the chamber needs to pass by the end of September to avoid a government shutdown.
Conservative Members Reject the Measure
Those who opposed the bill include some of the more conservative members of the House, such as North Carolina Representative Dan Bishop. Bishop stated that he rejected the measure because Congress has not “moved twelve appropriations bills at the spending level agreed to in January.” Some moderate Republicans who are consistent supporters of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy condemned their GOP colleagues for striking down the bill.