Democratic lawmakers are introducing two pieces of legislation to effectively block federal funding of Donald Trump’s plans for a military parade.
The two liberal House members, Rep. Marc Veasey of Texas and Senator Ben Cardin Maryland, have both introduced bills that would prevent the Trump administration from using federal dollars to fund a parade for the military. The price tag would be hefty, and many Americans believe that money could be used wisely in other areas.
Cardin, in a letter addressed to his Senate colleagues, asked that they support his legislation:
‘We have the best armed forces in the world. We don’t need to flex our muscles to showcase our military hardware. Our brace military men and women flex their might around the world every day on behalf of our nation.’
You can read the letter in the tweet below:
We have the best armed forces in the world. We don’t need to flex our muscle to showcase our military hardware. Our brave military men & women flex their might around the world every day on behalf of our nation.
There are much more effective ways of honoring them than a parade. pic.twitter.com/0jIygHAmGM
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) February 8, 2018
Defense Secretary General Mattis, when asked how he could justify deferring time, money, and effort to planning a military parade, he quickly deflected the question, and refused to give a real answer to the question. Like most of the Trump cabinet, Mattis avoids insulting the president, or even disagreeing with him, likely for fear of being fired.
You can watch General Mattis during the White House press briefing in the video below, during which questions were posed to Mattis about the parade:
Trump’s proposed idea for a military parade was inspired by France’s Bastille Day, which had not only soldiers but military equipment, like fighter jets. The former reality star, known for his love of gaudy opulence, wants a military parade as a show of might, rather than a celebration of our nations armed forces.
Until last month the parade idea was only an idea, but then Trump directed officials at the Pentagon to start looking into making a military parade happen. Officials at the Pentagon confirmed this information.
Many lawmakers, on both sides of the isle, are more than concerned about Trump’s proposal. Some even saying that displaying our military would only make us look like a weak or even authoritarian, not unlike North Korea.
Texas Democratic Rep. Marc Veasey made no bones about how he feels about the parade proposal, calling it an insult to U.S. service members and an expensive publicity stunt by the president for higher approval ratings.
In a statement, Veasey said:
‘An expensive political ploy whose sole aim is to boost Trump’s approval ratings is an insult to their service and detracts from resources needed to provide meaningful assistance to veterans and current service members.’
Democratic Rep. Marc Veasey introduced the PARADE Act today: Preventing Allocation of Resources for Absurd Defense Expenditures. pic.twitter.com/5ZjqdIavb1
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 8, 2018
Below are the top tweets from Twitter users, in reactions to the PARADE Act:
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